Umiak definition

o͝omē-ăk
A large, open boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, used by Eskimos.
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A large open boat used by Yupik and Inuit people, made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles.
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(nautical) A large, open boat made of skins stretched over a wooden frame that is propelled by paddles; used by the Inuit for transportation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
umiak
Plural:
umiaks, umiat

Origin of umiak

  • Inuit umiaq

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Inuktitut (Western Canadian Inuktitut) [script?] (umiaq, “women's boat").

    From Wiktionary