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|part of speech:
||a boat, used by the Inuit people, that is slim with a light frame and is pointed at both ends. Kayaks are covered with a waterproof skin that may be pulled tight around the waist of the person inside.
||a boat that looks like this and is used in sports and for fun.
comes from kajakka
, an Inuit (or Eskimo) word that means "a small boat of skins."