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

  • n. Whale blubber and skin, eaten as food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The skin and blubber of a whale, used as a traditional food by the Inuit.


Inuit maktak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Western Canadian Inuktitut  (maqtaq) and Inupiak maktak ("whaleskin with attached blubber"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Nah, no problem. I just wondered. I mean, we don't have a name specifically for a triangular slice of watermelon, so I thought maybe the Inupiaq Eskimos could help us out. ;-)

    November 5, 2007

  • No, reesetee--muktuk is simply the name for whale blubber. The slice I described is the way it is most commonly consumed in Alaska. It's usually eaten fresh, just after the whale is slaughtered. I can see why my comment was misleading. Sorry 'bout dat.

    November 4, 2007

  • Interesting, skipvia. So the slice itself has this name?

    November 4, 2007

  • An Inupiaq Eskimo word. A sandwich-sized slice of whale blubber with 1-inch thick skin attached. (Picture a triangular slice of watermelon with white blubber replacing the red pulp and black skin replacing the green rind.) Eaten raw, the very chewy skin performs much like gum. Highly nutritious and caloric--essential qualities if you live where it is eaten.

    November 3, 2007