umiak

umiak

[oo-mee-ak]
noun
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.


Origin:
1760–70; < Inuit umiaq women's boat

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umiak or oomiak (ˈuːmɪˌæk)
 
n
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
 
n
 
[C18: from Greenland Inuktitut: boat for the use of women]

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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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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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