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tupilak

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carved representation of a monster

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Greenlandic tupilak or Inuktitut ᑐᐱᓚᒃ (tupilak).

NounEdit

tupilak (plural tupilaks or tupilat)

  1. (Inuit mythology) A monster (either invisible or having a physical form constructed from animal bones, sinew, etc) created in secret by a shaman and sent into the sea to seek and kill a specific enemy.
  2. A (small) representation of such a monster, often carved from whale bone.

See alsoEdit


DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Greenlandic tupilak.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [tˢupʰiˈlɑɡ̊], [tˢub̥iˈlɑɡ̊]

NounEdit

tupilak

  1. tupilak (statuette)
  2. tupilak (creature)

DeclensionEdit


GreenlandicEdit

NounEdit

tupilak (plural tupilaat)

  1. tupilak (statuette)
  2. tupilak (creature)

DescendantsEdit

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