Eskimo definitions

ĕs'kə-mō'
Of the Eskimos or their languages or cultures.
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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.
noun
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Any of the languages of the Eskimos, belonging to the Eskimo-Aleut language family.
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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.
noun
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Any of the languages of the Eskimo peoples.
noun
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Of or relating to the Eskimo peoples.
adjective
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In, of, or relating to the Eskimo languages.
adjective
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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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Origin of eskimo

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.