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umiak

or oomiak

[oo-mee-ak] /ˈu miˌæk/
noun
1.
an open Eskimo boat that consists of a wooden frame covered with skins and provided with several thwarts: used for transport of goods and passengers.
Origin of umiak
1760-1770
1760-70; < Inuit umiaq women's boat
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  • It projected four or five feet on each side,—far enough for them to take hold to carry the oomiak on it.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • The oomiak was about twenty-seven feet in length by six in width.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • Among the latter was an oomiak full of women who went along-shore to fish, and with whom were old Kannoa, Nunaga, and others.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • “That is my beast you are fighting,” remarked Oolalik, as the oomiak came up.

    The Walrus Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
  • This is called an oomiak by the Innuits or Eskimos, and a bidarra by the Russians.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • There are five natives with me, and we have an oomiak up there in the bushes.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • Something very much like a feminine screech rose in the oomiak.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • This was the fact that, although night was coming on, the oomiak with the women had not returned.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
  • “When the oomiak swelled I thought it was going to burst,” added the chief.

    The Giant of the North R.M. Ballantyne
  • No one objecting to this, the oomiak was paddled towards the land.

    Red Rooney R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for oomiak

oomiak

/ˈuːmɪˌæk/
noun
1.
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umiak

/ˈuːmɪˌæk/
noun
1.
a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by Inuit Compare kayak
Word Origin
C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women
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Word Origin and History for oomiak

umiak

n.

"large Eskimo boat," c.1743, from Eskimo umiaq "an open skin boat." Said by 18c.-19c. sources to be a "woman's boat," as opposed to the kayak, which was worked exclusively by men.

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