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[oo-mee-ak] /ˈu miˌæk/
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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British Dictionary definitions for umiak


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 umiak

"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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Encyclopedia Article for umiak

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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