Definition of umiak in English:

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umiak

Pronunciation: /ˈo͞omēˌak/

noun

An Eskimo open boat made with skin stretched over a wooden frame.
Example sentences
  • Here they would assemble with their great walrus - skin boats, or oomiaks, to make ready for their annual trading cruise to Siberia.
  • Called by some the Old Bering Sea Cultures, these early inhabitants traveled by kayak and umiak skin boats in the warmer months, and by sled in the winter.
  • For example, Therkel Mathiassen, who defined and named the Thule culture, identified dog sleds, umiaks, and kayaks as key Thule traits.

Origin

From Inuit umiaq.

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Syllabification: u·mi·ak

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