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[oo-mee-ak] /ˈu miˌæk/

an open Eskimo boat that consists of a wooden frame covered with skins and provided with several thwarts: used for transport of goods and passengers.
other words for umiak
a large open boat made of stretched skins, used by Inuit Compare kayak

“large Eskimo boat,” c.1743, from Eskimo umiaq “an open skin boat.” Said by 18c.-19c. sources to be a “woman’s boat,” as opposed to the kayak, which was worked exclusively by men.


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