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yurt

[yoo rt]
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noun
  1. a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.
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Origin of yurt

1885–90; < Russian yurt < Turkic; compare Turkish yurt home, fatherland, with cognates meaning “abode, dwelling” in all branches of Turkic
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  • "We were rather surprised ourselves," Yurt said complacently.

    Zen

    Jerome Bixby

  • Around the yurt gathered women and children, dogs and calves.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • Round the walls of the yurt were ranged one or two tables and chests of drawers.

    A Wayfarer in China

    Elizabeth Kendall

  • Why should it have, when I already knew Yurt so well—considered him, in fact, one of my closest friends?

    Zen

    Jerome Bixby

  • Yurt, after two years of living with us, still couldn't understand why we found this confusing.

    Zen

    Jerome Bixby


British Dictionary definitions for yurt

yurt

noun
  1. a circular tent consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins, used by Mongolian and Turkic nomads of E and central Asia
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Word Origin

from Russian yurta, of Turkic origin; compare Turkish yurt abode, home
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Word Origin and History for yurt

1784, ultimately from Russian yurta, from a Turkic language and originally meaning "home, dwelling."

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