nun·​a·​tak ˈnə-nə-ˌtak How to pronounce nunatak (audio)
: a hill or mountain completely surrounded by glacial ice

Examples of nunatak in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These interruptions in the near-flawless horizon were nunataks — the ridges of mountains that emerged from an ice field or glacier in Antarctica. Ali Wunderman, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2023 Echo is a short drive from Wolf’s Fang Runway but Patrick Woodhead, ever the adventurer, led us over a nunatak instead. Ali Wunderman, Travel + Leisure, 5 May 2023 Abby Watts, a college student from Juneau, Alaska, is standing on a nunatak—an exposed ridge above an icefield. Ben Huff, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023 Come to Sheldon Chalet for the ultimate in exclusive get-aways: the property sits on its own almost 5-acre nunatak or glacier rock outcropping in Denali National Park, and the nearest town is 55 air miles away (the summit of Denali, conversely, is much closer—barely 10 miles hence). Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2023 There are several nunataks at Graves, all peaks of the same mountain. Barry Lopez, Harper's magazine, 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,, 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, 18 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


Inuit (Greenland) nunataq

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nunatak was in 1877

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“Nunatak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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