from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A peak, ridge, or hill of bedrock that protrudes from a glacier's surface.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A crest or ridge of rock appearing above the surface of the inland ice in Greenland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In Greenland, an insular hill or mountain surrounded by an ice sheet.

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  • noun A mountain top or rocky element of a ridge that is surrounded by glacial ice but is not covered by ice; a peak protruding from the surface ice sheet.


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

[West Greenlandic Inuit nunataq.]

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From Greenlandic nunataq.



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  • An isolated rock peak projecting above the surface of inland ice. Compare monadnock, rognon and pingo.

    January 1, 2008

  • Sounds like "Nun attack" - which brings to mind an awesome mental image of nunchuck-wielding, bad-ass ninja nuns (c:

    May 24, 2008

  • I see a sea of billowing black muslin, tipped here and there with startched-stiff white cotton. I see dour, sunken faces and bony, liver-spotted talons grasping wooden rulers poised for rapping the hell out of sinful young knuckles.

    Ahhh, that felt good.

    May 24, 2008

  • There's a place in Antarctica called the Whichaway Nunataks, which even as I child I considered deeply scary: lost in the wilds of Antarctica, nuns coming at you from every direction, ninja-like and polar-bear-like concealed under their camouflage twats, crevasses impeding your escape.

    November 22, 2008

  • If it is a word used in Antarctica, what is its connection to Inuktitut?

    December 24, 2008

  • I guess it was taken there by people with experience of the north, BB.

    December 24, 2008