umiak

noun

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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Examples of umiak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, guardsmen showed up in umiaks with small outboard motors. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2023 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

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/umiak. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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umiak

noun
umi·​ak ˈü-mē-ˌak How to pronounce umiak (audio)
: a small open boat used especially by Indigenous peoples of arctic Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and eastern Siberia.

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