Eskimo meaning

ĕskə-mō
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A member of any of a group of peoples inhabiting the Arctic coastal regions of North America and parts of Greenland and northeast Siberia.
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Any of the languages of the Eskimo peoples.
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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.
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Any of the languages of the Eskimos, belonging to the Eskimo-Aleut language family.
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Of the Eskimos or their languages or cultures.
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A group of indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic, from Siberia, through Alaska and Northern Canada, to Greenland, including the Inuit and Yupik.
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Any of the languages of the Eskimo.
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A member of any of the Eskimo peoples.
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Of or relating to the Eskimo peoples.
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In, of, or relating to the Eskimo languages.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
eskimo
Plural:
eskimos

Origin of eskimo

  • French Esquimaux possibly from Spanish esquimao, esquimal from Montagnais ayashkimew Micmac

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1584 in the (now obsolete) spelling Esquimawe, from French Esquimaux (“Eskimos (plural)”), from Spanish esquimao, esquimal (used by Basque fishermen in Labrad), from Old Montagnais ayaškimew (“snowshoe-netter”) (compare Montagnais assime·w (“she laces a snowshoe”), Ojibwe aškime·, aagimike). The name was originally applied by the Innu people to the Mi'kmaq and later transferred to the Labrador Inuit; see the usage notes below. It was also once thought to mean "eaters of raw meat", but most authorities now dismiss this.

    From Wiktionary