yurt

[yoort]
noun
a tentlike dwelling of the Mongol and Turkic peoples of central Asia, consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.

Origin:
1885–90; < Russian yurt < Turkic; compare Turkish yurt home, fatherland, with cognates meaning “abode, dwelling” in all branches of Turkic

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yurt (jʊət)
 
n
a circular tent consisting of a framework of poles covered with felt or skins, used by Mongolian and Turkic nomads of E and central Asia
 
[from Russian yurta, of Turkic origin; compare Turkish yurt abode, home]

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yurt

tentlike Central Asian nomad's dwelling, erected on wooden poles and covered with skin, felt, or handwoven textiles in bright colours. The interior is simply furnished with brightly coloured rugs (red often predominating) decorated with geometric or stylized animal patterns. The knotted pile rug, first known from a nomad burial at the foot of the Altai Mountains (5th-3rd century BC), probably developed as a fur substitute to provide warmth and sleeping comfort in the yurt.

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Example sentences
Traditional yurt dwellings on display before a monument.
Somewhere between a tent and a hut lies a curious little structure known by a
  single ungainly syllable: yurt.
The yurt has a propane cooking stove, wood-heating stove and propane lights.
The service's yurt sleeps up to eight and includes a wood stove and outhouse.
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