noun \ˈwi-kē-ˌəp\

Definition of WICKIUP

:  a hut used by the nomadic Indians of the arid regions of the western and southwestern United States with a usually oval base and a rough frame covered with reed mats, grass, or brushwood; also :  a rude temporary shelter or hut

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Origin of WICKIUP

Fox (Algonquian language of the Fox, Sauk, and Kickapoo Indians) wi·kiya·pi house
First Known Use: 1843


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

indigenous North American dwelling characteristic of peoples living in forested regions. It is constructed of saplings driven into the ground in a circle or oval and tied together at the top, then covered with mats of woven rushes or sewn bark. A typical wickiup was some 15–20 feet (4.5–6 metres) in diameter. By the early 21st century, wickiup had become the preferred term among many Native Americans because wigwam was believed to play into a stereotype.

Variants of WICKIUP

wickiup also called wigwam


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