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malemute

[mal-uh-myoot]
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noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. Alaskan malamute.
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malamute

or mal·e·mute

[mal-uh-myoot]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
  1. Alaskan malamute.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The Malemute and Kaviak dress is similar to that of the northern Eskimo.

    The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 1

    Hubert Howe Bancroft

  • Butch, though a Malemute, had a strong strain of collie in him.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine

  • They were in the best of spirits and carried their tails erect like their Malemute leader.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for malemute

malemute

noun
  1. a variant spelling of malamute
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malamute

malemute

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

from the name of an Inuit tribe
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Word Origin and History for malemute

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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