from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of malamute.
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- n. A type of dog from Alaska, often used as a sled dog
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- n. breed of sled dog developed in Alaska
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The dog of the title, neither husky nor malemute nor Hudson's Bay, "looked like all of them and none of them — a yellow-brown-red-dirty-white in color with a spot of coal-black," for which the narrator and his partner paid $110.
Out of the gloom to the right came the faint complaining howl of a malemute; it was answered by his own dogs, and the next moment they had caught a scent which swerved them shoreward and led them scrambling through the drifts.
Although far removed from their Siberian husky and malemute cousins, these mixed breeds of all sizes and colours do have something in common with the better known sled-pullers.
"I can tell an Arctic man, just as I can pick a Herschel dog or an Athabasca country malemute from a pack of fifty.