Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A soft boot made of reindeer skin or sealskin and worn by Eskimos.
  • n. A slipper with a soft sole resembling this boot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft knee-high boot of sealskin or reindeer skin, originally worn by Inuit and Yupik.
  • n. A laced winter boot resembling a traditional mukluk, with thick rubber sole and cloth upper.

Etymologies

Yupik maklak, bearded seal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Central Siberian Yupik maklak ("bearded seal"), referring to sealskin used to make boots. (Wiktionary)

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