From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Kayak \Kay"ak\, n. (Naut.)
   A light canoe, made of skins stretched over a frame, and
   usually capable of carrying but one person, who sits
   amidships and uses a double-bladed paddle. It is peculiar to
   the Eskimos and other Arctic tribes.
   [1913 Webster]
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