inukshuk

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English[edit]

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Alternative forms[edit]

Inuksuk in the vicinity of Kuujjuarapik, Canada

Etymology[edit]

From Inuktitut ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ (inuksuk, in the likeness of a human).

Noun[edit]

inukshuk (plural inukshuks or inukshuit or inuksuit)

  1. A structure of piled stones, designed to resemble a humanoid figure and traditionally constructed by the Inuit.
    • 2004, Pamela R Stern, Historical Dictionary of the Inuit, p. 74:
      The Nunavut Territory flag bears a rendering of an inukshuk in the form of a crucifix.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 140:
      This is a miniature copy of an inukshuk that actually stands up on a ridgeline far away in the interior, rocks piled in roughly the shape of a human, not to threaten the stranger but to guide him in country where landmarks are either too few or too many to keep straight.
    • 2008, The Globe and Mail, 6 Mar 2008 (headline):
      Inuit Inuksuit to be crafted and sold for 2010 Games.

References[edit]

  • “inukshuk” in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2004.