or mal·e·mute

[ mal-uh-myoot ]
/ ˈmæl əˌmyut /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for malamute



/ (ˈmæləˌmuːt) /


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



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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