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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Examples from the Web for malemute
The Malemute and Kaviak dress is similar to that of the northern Eskimo.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1
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Butch, though a Malemute, had a strong strain of collie in him.
They were in the best of spirits and carried their tails erect like their Malemute leader.
- a variant spelling of malamute
- an Alaskan sled dog of the spitz type, having a dense usually greyish coat
from the name of an Inuit tribe
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Word Origin and History for malemute
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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