Definitions

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

  • n. A packsack that hangs on either side of a packsaddle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a packsack to be swung on either side of a packsaddle
  • n. Obsolete spelling of kayak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pack sack to be swung on either side of a packsaddle.
  • n. A kayak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A herring.
  • n. See kayak.

Etymologies

Probably from kayak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Captain Steward sent back a message that he had to stay where he was because "his kyack was bigger than their kyacks."

    S.S. Manhattan's Northwest Passage Voyage┬ŚObservations by Canada's Representative

  • The contents of the kyack meant _life_ to herself and to Ben, -- deliverance and safety when all seemed lost.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • In the kyack of venison lay her own and her lover's safety: it contained enough nutritious food to sustain them until the fall rains could swell the Yuga and enable them to escape down to the Indian encampment.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • She intended to steal the kyack of dried meat without which Ben and herself could not live.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • At one side, quite to the edge of the firelight, she saw a kyack -- one of those square boxes that are hung on a pack saddle -- which seemed to be heaped with jerked caribou or moose flesh.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • The fire was a heap of gray ashes except for its red-hot center: the kyack was in gloom.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • Still trying to hold the kyack of food that meant life to Ben, she turned and darted into the shadows.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • The kyack was quite in the shadow now, yet she dared not attempt its theft until the three men were asleep.

    The Sky Line of Spruce

  • Then they slipped the thong of the sled across his shoulders and under his arms like loops of a kyack.

    The Snowshoe Trail

  • In the meantime Toolooah crossed the strait in a kyack and found the natives.

    Schwatka's Search

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