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kayak

[kahy-ak] /ˈkaɪ æk/
noun
1.
an Eskimo canoe with a skin cover on a light framework, made watertight by flexible closure around the waist of the occupant and propelled with a double-bladed paddle.
2.
a small boat resembling this, made commercially of a variety of materials and used in sports.
verb (used without object)
3.
to go or travel by kayak.
verb (used with object)
4.
to travel on by kayak:
to kayak the Colorado River.
Also, kaiak, kyack, kyak.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < Inuit qayaq
Related forms
kayaker, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for kayaks

kayak

/ˈkaɪæk/
noun
1.
a small light canoe-like boat used by the Inuit, consisting of a light frame covered with watertight animal skins
2.
a fibreglass or canvas-covered canoe of similar design
Word Origin
C18: from Inuktitut (Greenland dialect)
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Word Origin and History for kayaks

kayak

n.

1757, from Danish kajak, from Greenland Eskimo qayaq, literally "small boat of skins." The verb is attested from 1875, from the noun.

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