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wanigan

[won-i-guh n] /ˈwɒn ɪ gən/
noun
1.
a lumberjack's trunk.
2.
a lumber camp's supply chest.
3.
a small house on wheels or tractor treads, used as an office or shelter in temporary lumber camps.
4.
(especially in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest) a lean-to or other small addition built onto a house trailer, cabin, etc.
Also, wangan, wangun
[wang-guh n] /ˈwæŋ gən/ (Show IPA),
wannigan.
Origin of wanigan
1840-1850
1840-50; < Ojibwa wa·nikka·n pit, derivative of wa·nikke·- to dig a hole in the ground < Proto-Algonquian *wa·θehke·- (*wa·θ- hole + *-ehke·- make)
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  • The ground had now hardened so that a wanigan boat was unnecessary.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • The cook had, early that morning, moored the wanigan to the bank.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • When the wanigan was to be moved, he rose fairly to the heights of what might be called destructive prophecy.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • Get the lanterns from the wanigan, and bring them to the dam.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • The tribulations of the wanigan were as the salt of life to the spectators.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • This, after some difficulty, was made fast to the bow of the wanigan.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • Shortly after daylight the wanigan, pushed strongly from shore by the pike-poles, was drifting toward the chute.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • Billy Camp began to worry about shooting the wanigan through the sluice-way.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Even at the end of that time the wanigan, though dry of loose water, floated but sluggishly.

    The Riverman Stewart Edward White
  • When night came the men rode down stream to where the wanigan had made camp.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for wanigan

wanigan

/ˈwɒnɪgən/
noun (Canadian)
1.
a lumberjack's chest or box
2.
a cabin, caboose or houseboat
Word Origin
C19: from Algonquian
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