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.
Also called oomiak.

1760–70; < Inuit umiaq women's boat Unabridged
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umiak or oomiak (ˈuːmɪˌæk)
Compare kayak a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by Inuit
[C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women]
oomiak or oomiak
[C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women]

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Word Origin & History

"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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boat used by the Greenland and later by the Alaskan Eskimos for transport. It was called the woman's boat, as opposed to the kayak, the men's hunting and fishing boat.

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