Definition of Eskimo

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: Esquimau, Inuit
Generic synonyms: American Indian, Indian, Red Indian

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

Definition of Eskimo

1. n. One of a peculiar race inhabiting Arctic America and Greenland. In many respects the Eskimos resemble the Mongolian race.

Definition of Eskimo

1. Proper noun. A group of indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic, from Siberia, through Alaska and Northern Canada, to Greenland, including the Inuit and Yupik. ¹

2. Proper noun. Any of the languages of the Eskimo. ¹

3. Noun. A member of any of the Eskimo peoples. ¹

4. Adjective. Of or relating to the Eskimo peoples. ¹

5. Adjective. In, of, or relating to the Eskimo languages. ¹

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Medical Definition of Eskimo

1. Origin: Originally applied by the Algonquins to the Northern Indians, and meaning eaters of raw flesh. One of a peculiar race inhabiting Arctic America and Greenland. In many respects the Eskimos resemble the Mongolian race. Alternative forms: Esquimau] Eskimo dog, one of breed of large and powerful dogs used by the Eskimos to draw sledges. It closely resembles the gray wolf, with which it is often crossed. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Eskimo

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1. Early Civilization: An Introduction to Anthropology by Alexander Goldenweiser (1922)
"The eskimo tribes inhabit in America the entire Arctic littoral from Greenland to Alaska. Their habitations, consisting of small clusters of snow houses, ..."

2. Review of Historical Publications Relating to Canada by University of Toronto (1905)
"eskimo," having been, in all probability, borrowed from the Indians. The "for the benefit of man" idea is also absent from the transformations and creations ..."

3. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"There is also a good deal of dependence of one u]xm another, as must happen in a people situated as the eskimo. The family, the inhabitants of a house, ..."

4. The Quarterly Review by William Gifford, George Walter Prothero, John Gibson Lockhart, John Murray, Whitwell Elwin, John Taylor Coleridge, Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, William Macpherson, William Smith (1876)
"Translated from the Danish by the Author, and Edited by Dr. Robert Brown ; with numerous illustrations, drawn and engraved by eskimo. London, 1875. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1900)
"An Account of some eskimo from Labrador. By WLH DUCKWORTH, Jesus College, ... In the autumn of 1899, a party of 27 eskimo were brought from Labrador to this ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The history of the eskimo goes back beyond the Columbian period as far at least as their first contact with the Scandinavians about the year 1000, ..."

7. Proceedings by International Congress of Americanists (1905)
"A Comparative Study of Two Indian and eskimo Legends. BY SIGNE RINK. Led by the same motive as mentioned in my expressed hope of exhibiting, at the earliest ..."

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