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

  • n. 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.
  • n. The family of languages spoken by the Yupik.
  • n. Any of the languages spoken by the Yupik. See Usage Notes at Eskimo, Inuit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A subbranch of the Eskimo-Aleut family of languages. This is the only language family known to straddle both North America and Asia. It is centered squarely in Alaska and is thought to have migrated across to Siberia a few hundred years ago.


Yupik Yup'ik, real person : yuk, human being + -pik, real.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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