Variant of Eskimo
- pl. Eskimos or Eskimo a member of a group of indigenous North American peoples thinly scattered in areas extending from Greenland across N Canada and Alaska through the NE tip of Asia
- any of the languages of the Eskimos, belonging to the Eskimo-Aleut language family and including a continuum of dialects called Inupiaq in Alaska, Inuktitut in Canada, and Kalaallisut in Greenland, as well as the Yupik languages
Origin: earlier Esquimaw(es), probably via French ; from Spanish esquimao(s) (used by 16th-c. Basque fishermen inch(es) Labrador) ; from Montagnais ayashkimew, literally , uncertain or unknown; perhaps snowshoe net makers
- Eskimoan adjective
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