nun·​a·​tak | \ ˈnə-nə-ˌtak How to pronounce nunatak (audio) \

Definition of nunatak

: a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice

Examples of nunatak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are several nunataks at Graves, all peaks of the same mountain. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, "Polar Light," 10 Jan. 2019 While Shivashankar correctly spelled scherenschnitte, a German word for the art of paper cutting design, Venkatachalam nailed nunatak, an Inuit word for a kind of glacial island. Maria Pasquini,, "That's a Word? Look Back at Some of the Winning Terms from the Scripps National Spelling Bee," 1 June 2018 One of the most luxurious lodges in Alaska, and one of the most remote anywhere, has just opened on a rocky glacier outcropping, or nunatak, smack in the middle of Denali National Park. Author: Nikki Ekstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali National Park welcomes its first, and last, luxury hotel," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of nunatak

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nunatak

Inuit (Greenland) nunataq

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“Nunatak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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