Eskimo NOUN (pl. same or Eskimos) 1) a member of a people inhabiting northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, and eastern Siberia. 2) either of the two main languages of this people (Inuit and Yupik).
ADJECTIVE relating to the Eskimos or their languages.
USAGE The word Eskimo is now regarded by some as offensive: the peoples inhabiting the regions from NW Canada to western Greenland prefer to call themselves Inuit. The term Eskimo, however, is the only term that covers both the Inuit and the Yupik, and is still widely used.
ORIGIN an Algonquian word, perhaps in the sense «people speaking a different language».

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