Definition of wanigan
: a shelter (as for sleeping, eating, or storage) often mounted on wheels or tracks and towed by tractor or mounted on a raft or boat
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At Chewonki, a 100-year-old outdoor education camp in Wiscasset, Me., Greg Shute has been teaching children how to bake cakes in reflector ovens and pack a proper wanigan (a gear box designed to fit in a canoe) for 33 years.
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Origin and Etymology of wanigan
Ojibwa wa·nikka·n pit
First Known Use: circa 1848See Words from the same year
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