• Umiak

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    From Inuktitut (Western Canadian Inuktitut) (umiaq, "women's boat").

    Full definition of umiak



    (plural umiaks or umiat)
    1. (nautical) A large, open boat made of skins stretched over a wooden frame that is propelled by paddles; used by the Inuit for transportation.
      • 2002, Louis-Jacques Dorais, 'Inuit', Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, ed. Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto, page 135:In many regions, people went inland at the end of August (often travelling upriver in large sealskin boats called umiat) to hunt caribou till September or October.
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