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n. pl. Yupik or Yu·piks
1. A member of a group of Eskimoan peoples inhabiting the southwest coastal areas of Alaska and extreme northeastern Siberia, particularly the central part of this range.
a. The family of languages spoken by the Yupik.
b. Any of the languages spoken by the Yupik. See Usage Notes at Eskimo, Inuit.

[Yupik Yup'ik, real person : yuk, human being + -pik, real.]

Yu′pik adj.
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1. (Peoples) an aboriginal people of Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and E Siberia
2. (Languages) any of the languages of this people
3. (Peoples) of or relating to the Yupik people or their languages. Compare Inuit, Inuktitut
4. (Languages) of or relating to the Yupik people or their languages. Compare Inuit, Inuktitut
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(ˈyu pɪk)

1. a member of any of several Eskimo groups inhabiting SW Alaska, adjacent parts of Siberia, and a number of islands in the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean.
2. the group of Eskimo languages spoken by these people.
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