from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a breed of powerful dog developed in Alaska as a sled dog and having a thick gray, black, or white coat.
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- n. A ancient northern breed of dog of the husky type, particularly used as a sled dog.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A local name for the Eskimo dog, apparently used in Alaska.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. breed of sled dog developed in Alaska
Short for malamute dog, from Inupiaq Malimiut, name of a subgroup of the Inupiaq.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
So called because the dogs were bred by the Mahlemuit (from Inupiak malimiut), a people of western Alaska. (Wiktionary)