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or Ostiak

[os-tee-ak] /ˈɒs tiˌæk/
noun, plural Ostyaks (especially collectively) Ostyak.
Origin of Ostyak
1715-25; < Russian ostyák originally a Khanty, later used for the Samoyedic Selkup, the Ket, and certain Mansi groups < Khanty ās-jax, plural of as-xo one living on the Ob, equivalent to Ās the river Ob + xo man Unabridged
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  • The Ostyak wears a great-coat made of the skin of a white deer; this gives him the appearance of a great white bear.

    Far Off Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The reindeer, after he is dead, is of as much use to the Ostyak, as when he was alive; for his skin is his master's clothing.

    Far Off Favell Lee Mortimer
  • The Samoyed tent is commonly covered with reindeer skins, the Ostyak tent with birch bark.

British Dictionary definitions for Ostyak


(pl) -aks, -ak. a member of an Ugrian people living in NW Siberia E of the Urals
the language of this people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric family: related to Hungarian
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