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Es·qui·mau

 (ĕs′kə-mō′)
n. pl. Esquimau or Es·qui·maux (-mōz′)
An Eskimo.

[French, sing. of Esquimaux, Eskimo; see Eskimo.]
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Esquimau

(ˈɛskɪˌməʊ)
n, adjpl -maus or -mau
1. (Languages) a former spelling of Eskimo
2. (Peoples) a former spelling of Eskimo
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Esquimau - a member of a people inhabiting the Arctic (northern Canada or Greenland or Alaska or eastern Siberia)Esquimau - 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')
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
2.Esquimau - the language spoken by the Eskimo
Eskimo-Aleut, Eskimo-Aleut language - the family of languages that includes Eskimo and Aleut
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Only the most unprejudiced of men like Stubb, nowadays partake of cooked whales; but the Esquimaux are not so fastidious.
I impute it, though, to their naturally unctuous natures, being rendered still more unctuous by the nature of their vocation, and especially by their pursuing their game in those frigid Polar Seas, on the very coasts of that Esquimaux country where the convivial natives pledge each other in bumpers of train oil.
I entertain a conviction, based upon large experience, that if in the days of my prosperity I had gone to the North Pole, I should have met somebody there, wandering Esquimaux or civilized man, who would have told me that Pumblechook was my earliest patron and the founder of my fortunes.
They appear to us inferior in many respects to the tribes east of the mountains, the bold rovers of the prairies; and to partake much of Esquimaux character; elevated in some degree by a more genial climate and more varied living style.
He had no fear of its harming her, for she went out every day, and it was a great satisfaction to him to see her run down the avenue a minute afterward, with her skates on her arm, looking like a rosy-faced Esquimaux in her seal-skin suit, as she smiled at Aunt Myra stalking along as solemnly as a crow.
now plunged into profound darkness, amid the cold, like the Esquimaux of the north pole.
The Lincoln hills rose up around me at the extremity of a snowy plain, in which I did not remember to have stood before; and the fishermen, at an indeterminable distance over the ice, moving slowly about with their wolfish dogs, passed for sealers, or Esquimaux, or in misty weather loomed like fabulous creatures, and I did not know whether they were giants or pygmies.
I have put my finger on the North Pole before now, and said "Spear of Esquimaux make, for half a pint of pale sherry!"'
The savages in South Africa match their draught cattle by colour, as do some of the Esquimaux their teams of dogs.
Nay, what food or experience or succor have they for the Esquimaux seal-hunter, for the Kanaka in his canoe, for the fisherman, the stevedore, the porter?
You ain't fit to peddle toy balloons to an Esquimaux. Your name and number!