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[in-oo-it, -yoo-] /ˈɪn u ɪt, -yu-/
noun, plural Inuits (especially collectively) Inuit for 1.
a member of the Eskimo peoples inhabiting northernmost North America from northern Alaska to eastern Canada and Greenland.
the language of the Inuit, a member of the Eskimo-Aleut family comprising a variety of dialects.
Also called Inupik.
Origin of Inuit
1755-65; < Inuit: people, plural of inuk person
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noun (pl) -it, -its
any of several Native peoples of N America or Greenland, as distinguished from those from Asia or the Aleutian Islands (who are still generally referred to as Eskimos); the preferred term for Eskimo in N America Compare Yupik
the language of these peoples; Inuktitut
Word Origin
from Inuktitut inuit the people, pl of inuk a man
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