umi·​ak ˈü-mē-ˌak How to pronounce umiak (audio)
plural umiaks
: an open boat made of a wooden frame covered with hide used especially by indigenous peoples of arctic Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and eastern Siberia

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The kayak might be fun to us, but for Inuit it, and the big open umiak hunting boat, meant food or hunger, life or death. John Oseid, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022

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Word History


Inuit umiaq

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of umiak was in 1769

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“Umiak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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umi·​ak ˈü-mē-ˌak How to pronounce umiak (audio)
: an open Eskimo boat made of an open frame covered with hide

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