Sorry, no definitions found. Check out and contribute to the discussion of this word!


Sorry, no etymologies found.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • The book is about subsistence hunting, and Herman is a St. Lawrence Islander (Yupik).

    September 17, 2008

  • Mmm, could be. Certainly has spiritual/religious overtones.

    September 17, 2008

  • I imagine it has to do with being thankful for the food it provides.

    September 17, 2008

  • I wonder why a dead seal would need a drink of water.

    September 17, 2008

  • "Heimo finally succeeded in hooking and retrieving the seal, a 140-pound young hair seal—nuksuk. Heimo learned from Herman that traditionally a hunter who'd killed a seal would melt ice in his mouth and put his mouth to the seal's to give it a drink of water."

    —James Campbell, The Final Frontiersman (New York and London: Atria Books, 2004), 95

    September 17, 2008