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Variant of Dayak.


(ˈdaɪæk) or


n, pl -aks or -ak
(Peoples) a member of a Malaysian people of the interior of Borneo: noted for their long houses
[from Malay Dayak upcountry, from darat land]


or Dy•ak

(ˈdaɪ æk, -ək)

n., pl. -aks, (esp. collectively) -ak.
a member of any of a number of peoples inhabiting the interior of S and E Indonesian Borneo and S Sarawak.
References in classic literature ?
There were, perhaps, fifty Dyaks and Malays--fierce, barbaric men; mostly naked to the waist, or with war-coats of brilliant colors.
The social indictment of an unmarried Dyak girl with child is grounded on the general repercussions: "it is offensive to the higher powers, who, instead of always chastising the culprits, punish the tribe by visiting its members with misfortunes" (Frazer, 1913: 48).
The meeting was opened in the Dining hall (Stolovaya izba) in the presence of Sovereign, and Fyodor Likhachev, the Keeper of the Seal and dyak (clerk) of the Boyarskaya Duma, gave a speech.
The majority of Malaysians are ethnic Malay, followed by Chinese, Indians, and the pribumi, or indigenous inhabitants, comprising the Senoi and Temiar of Peninsula Malaysia and groups like the Dyak of Sarawak and the Kadazan of Sabah located on the island of Borneo.
Israeli forces raided a store belonging to Salah Abu Dyak in Silet al-Thaher village, south of Jenin, searched it and interrogated him before leaving.
While he was there he made friends with the headhunting Dyak tribe who "adopted" him as their friend.
This inspired him to found the National Network for Youth, which not only established a voice on public policy, but also gave Dyak a foot in the door to the inner sanctum of decision makers in entertainment and on Capitol Hill.
13) And then there were Jody Aliesan, Paula Gunn Allen, Dorothy Allison, alta, Ellen Bass, Robin Becker, Ellen Marie Bissert, Karen Brodine, Olga Broumas, Rita Mae Brown, Chrystos, Cheryl Clarke, Martha Courtot, Alexis de Veaux, Miriam Dyak, Susan Griffin, Eloise Klein Healy, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Irena Klepfisz, Joan Larkin, Karen Lindsey, Honor Moore, Robin Morgan, Barbara Noda, Pat Parker, Marge Piercy, Martha Shelley, Lynn Strongin, Alice Walker, Chocolate Waters, Fran Winant, Nellie Wong, Mitsuye Yamada, and many more.
There he was sponsored by Brooke, an English adventurer who had been awarded control of the state by the Sultan of Brunei in 1841 after helping to suppress a Dyak uprising.
This is the legendary, ancient home of Dyak headhunters.
In that parade were Dyak headhunters and Indian lancers, while camel troops stirred reporters to near delerium.