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- n. A structure of piled stones, designed to resemble a humanoid figure and traditionally constructed by the Inuit.
An inukshuk is a stack of stones traditionally used by the Inuit of the arctic to mark anything from a hunting spot to a food cache.
The emblem of the Olympic Winter Games is a colorful humanoid with arms spread wide, a contemporary interpretation of a stone landmark called an inukshuk with a history stretching back more than 3,000 years in Inuit culture.
'Inukshuk' comes from an Inuit word meaning 'in the likeness of a human.'