wick·​i·​up ˈwi-kē-ˌəp How to pronounce wickiup (audio)
: a hut used by the nomadic Indians of the arid regions of the western and southwestern U.S. 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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Examples of wickiup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part tipi, part wickiup, and influenced by many architectural styles, a round lodge can block wind, rain, cold, and sun. Popular Science, 28 May 2020 The wickiup is a bit like a small tipi made from poles, brush and vegetation. Popular Science, 28 May 2020

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Word History


Fox (Algonquian language of the Fox, Sauk, and Kickapoo Indians) wi·kiya·pi house

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wickiup was in 1843

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“Wickiup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wickiup. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


wick·​i·​up ˈwik-ē-ˌəp How to pronounce wickiup (audio)
: a cone-shaped hut used by American Indians of the western and southwestern U.S. and consisting of a rough frame covered with reed mats, grass, or branches

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