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[wik-ee-uhp] /ˈwɪk iˌʌp/
(in Nevada, Arizona, etc.) an American Indian hut made of brushwood or covered with mats.
Western U.S. any rude hut.
Origin of wickiup
1850-55, Americanism; earlier and still dialectally applied to the bark- or mat-covered wigwams of the Upper Great Lakes Indians < Fox wi·kiya·pi house < Proto-Algonquian *wi·kiwa·ʔmi; cf. wigwam Unabridged
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  • All morning long women walked past Redbird's wickiup, looking curiously at the man who sat there motionless.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • What, in the face of continual and unrelenting changes, could have saved the wickiup?

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • White Bear stood up, stretched his tired arms and legs and turned to the doorway of his wickiup.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Gertrude, I must go to the wickiup at once to get further news.

    The Daughter of a Magnate Frank H. Spearman
  • Someone was crawling across the reed-covered floor of the wickiup.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Meet him at the wickiup Sunday morning; he has full authority.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • Geronimo's mother had fallen at the entrance to the wickiup, and the children were near.

    The Story of Geronimo James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The wickiup was quiet, except for the popping of burning twigs.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • When they reached the wickiup, they dismounted and Delgadito tethered both horses.

    The Story of Geronimo James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Even though the pale eyes killed your husband, you took a pale eyes into your wickiup.

    Shaman Robert Shea
British Dictionary definitions for wickiup


(US & Canadian) a crude shelter made of brushwood, mats, or grass and having an oval frame, esp of a kind used by nomadic Indians now in Oklahoma and neighbouring states of the US
Word Origin
C19: from Sac, Fox, and Kickapoo wikiyap; compare wigwam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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