Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a Finno-Ugric people inhabiting western Siberia.
  • n. The Ugric language of this people.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the nomadic Ugrian people living in northwestern Siberia (east of the Urals)
  • n. a Ugric language (related to Hungarian) spoken by the Ostyak

Etymologies

Russian, from Ostyak āsyakh, pl. of āskho, person from the Ob River, from Ās, the Ob River.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The Ostyak tribe of Northern Asia give us a specimen of the rude imitative dances of early civilization in a Pantomimic exhibition of the

    A History of Pantomime

  • For thousands of versts there are no police, and not a single Russian settlement, only occasional Ostyak huts.

    My Life

  • I had on two fur coats-one had fur in side, the other outside fur stockings, fur boots, a double-lined fur cap, and fur gloves; in short, the complete winter out fit of an Ostyak.

    My Life

  • But he speaks Russian and Zyryan fluently, and two Ostyak dialects which barely resemble each other.

    My Life

  • The secret police at the station looked on indifferently as I extricated myself from my Ostyak fur coats.

    My Life

  • This class is composed of the Ostyak and Kot on the Yenisei River, the Gilyak and Ainos at the mouth of the

    Influences of Geographic Environment On the Basis of Ratzel's System of Anthropo-Geography

  • The Samoyed tent is commonly covered with reindeer skins, the Ostyak tent with birch bark.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • Ostyak and the Tunguse many tales resembling that of the bird Roc in the _Thousand and One Nights_.

    The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II

  • He is very glad when he can shoot a sable; because the Russian emperor requires every Ostyak to give him yearly, as a tax, the skins of two sables.

    Far Off

  • She wore a veil of thick cloth over her head, as all the Ostyak women do, and as she did not need light, she hid her head completely under it.

    Far Off

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