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Inuit

or In·nu·it

[in-oo-it, -yoo-]
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noun, plural In·u·its, (especially collectively) In·u·it for 1.
  1. a member of the Eskimo peoples inhabiting northernmost North America from northern Alaska to eastern Canada and Greenland.
  2. the language of the Inuit, a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family comprising a variety of dialects.

Origin of Inuit

1755–65; < Inuit: people, plural of inuk person
Also called Inupik.

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Inuit

Innuit

noun plural -it or -its
  1. any of several Native peoples of N America or Greenland, as distinguished from those from Asia or the Aleutian Islands (who are still generally referred to as Eskimos); the preferred term for Eskimo in N AmericaCompare Yupik
  2. the language of these peoples; Inuktitut

Word Origin

from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man

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