malamute

or mal·e·mute

[mal-uh-myoot]

Origin of malamute

First recorded in 1895–1900, malamute is from the Inupiaq word malimiut name for local groups of Inupiaq of the Kotzebue Sound region, W Alaska, who bred such dogs
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malamute

malemute

noun
  1. an Alaskan sled dog of the spitz type, having a dense usually greyish coat

Word Origin for malamute

from the name of an Inuit tribe
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Word Origin and History for malamute
n.

also malemute, Eskimo dog, 1874, from name of Alaska Eskimo tribe in northwestern Alaska that developed the breed. The native form is malimiut.

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