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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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Examples from the web for wickiup
  • He instructed his students on how to make a primitive shelter called a wickiup.
  • Also called a wickiup wool: noun: thick, soft hair of some animals, such as sheep.
  • If shelter was needed, a small, round sagebrush bower called a wickiup was constructed.
  • The lifestyles here are far removed from the itinerant wickiup communities of a century ago.
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
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