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Aleut

[uh-loot, al-ee-oot]
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noun
  1. Also Aleutian. a member of a people native to the Aleutian Islands and the western Alaska Peninsula who are related physically and culturally to the Eskimos.
  2. the language of the Aleuts, distantly related to Eskimo: a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family.
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Aleut

noun
  1. a member of a people inhabiting the Aleutian Islands and SW Alaska, related to the Inuit
  2. the language of this people, related to Inuktitut

Word Origin

from Russian aleút, probably of Chukchi origin
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Word Origin and History for aleut

Aleut

native of the Aleutian Islands, 1780, of unknown origin, probably from a native word. First applied by Russian explorers c.1750, perhaps from Alut, name of a coastal village in Kamchatka [Bright]. Their name for themselves is unangax.

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