|n.||1.||An Eskimo house made of material other than snow, esp. one having walls of turf, driftwood, rock, or skin, and a roof of skins of the walrus or seal. In Alaska it is often partially underground and covered with timber and turf. Topeks are also used by Indians of the lower Yukon region.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.