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yurt

[yoo rt] /yʊərt/
noun
1.
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
1885-1890
1885-90; < Russian yurt < Turkic; compare Turkish yurt home, fatherland, with cognates meaning “abode, dwelling” in all branches of Turkic
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  • 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.
  • Each yurt has a dining table, a queen-sized bed and a patio.
  • Bathrooms and showers are located a short walk away from each yurt.
  • The yurt also has its own deck with a picnic table and deck chairs.
  • Reserve your campsite as early as possible, especially if you are going to be using one of the tepee, yurt or cabin campsites.
  • The company also offers yurt-based ski touring in the same area.
  • In addition, each yurt has a sky dome that allows you to see the stars while lying in bed.
British Dictionary definitions for yurt

yurt

/jʊət/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
from Russian yurta, of Turkic origin; compare Turkish yurt abode, home
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Word Origin and History for yurt

1784, ultimately from Russian yurta, from a Turkic language and originally meaning "home, dwelling."

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Encyclopedia Article for yurt

ger

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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