Definition of Esquimau

1. Noun. A member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia); the Algonquians called them Eskimo ('eaters of raw flesh') but they call themselves the Inuit ('the people').

Exact synonyms: Eskimo, Inuit
Generic synonyms: American Indian, Indian, Red Indian

2. Noun. The language spoken by the Eskimo.
Exact synonyms: Eskimo
Generic synonyms: Eskimo-aleut, Eskimo-aleut Language

Definition of Esquimau

1. n. Same as Eskimo.

Definition of Esquimau

1. Proper noun. (archaic) Eskimo (the language) ¹

2. Proper noun. (archaic) Eskimo (the group of people) ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) Eskimo (a member of the group) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Esquimau

Esox lucius
Esox masquinongy
Esox niger
Espírito Santo
Esser graft
Esser operation

Literary usage of Esquimau

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1. History of America Before Columbus: According to Documents and Approved Authors by Peter De Roo (1900)
"There is till this day a canoe in the museum of Marischal College, Aberdeen, which was picked up by a ship on the Aberdeen coast, with an esquimau in it ..."

2. Lullabies and Slumber Songs: With a Few Other Child Verses by Lincoln Hulley (1900)
"... Blow, blow, oh, shout and blow ! Sleep, little esquimau." They speed from the place of the great North star,— Snug and warm, baby's warm. ..."

3. Arctic Experiences: Containing Capt. George E. Tyson's Wonderful Drift on by Euphemia Vale Blake (1874)
"esquimau Joe ships as Interpreter. — Several Seamen belonging to the Ice-floe Company ship in the Tigress. — Extra Equipments. WHEN* the first news of the ..."

4. Explorers and Travellers by Adolphus Washington Greely (1893)
"... by means of which they reached Cape York, where their contemplated journey across Melville Bay was rendered unnecessary by falling esquimau Woman. ..."

5. Mark Twain's Library of Humor by Mark Twain (1906)
"THE esquimau MAIDEN'S ROMANCE BY MARK TWAIN "YES, I will tell you anything about my life that you would like to know, Mr. Twain," she said, ..."

6. History of British Columbia, 1792-1887 by Hubert Howe Bancroft, William Nemos, Alfred Bates (1887)
"... AND esquimau COMPARED—REPORT OF DOUGLAS. SEVERAL causes united at this juncture to render necessary the building of a metropolitan post somewhere to the ..."

7. The Writings of Mark Twain [pseud.] by Virgil, Charles Anthon, C. Knipe, New York (State). Banking Dept, Emerson Willard Keyes, Mark Twain, Claire Giannini Hoffman (1903)
"THE esquimau MAIDEN'S ROMANCE (t \/ES, I will tell you anything about my life ... I speak from the esquimau point of view. Others would have thought her a ..."

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