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[mal-uh-myoot] /ˈmæl əˌmyut/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
Also, malemute.
1895-1900; < Inupiaq malimiut name for local groups of Inupiaq of the Kotzebue Sound region, W Alaska, who bred such dogs Unabridged
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  • The sheep were killed by a large malamute dog and not wolves.
British Dictionary definitions for malamute


an Alaskan sled dog of the spitz type, having a dense usually greyish coat
Word Origin
from the name of an Inuit tribe
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Word Origin and History for malamute

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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