qi·​vi·​ut | \ ˈkē-vē-ət How to pronounce qiviut (audio) , -vē-ˌüt \

Definition of qiviut

: the wool of the undercoat of the musk ox

Examples of qiviut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, the Musk Ox Development Corporation, operating on the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer, Alaska, raises and cares for the oxen and promotes sustainable qiviut production. Julia M. Chan, CNN, 8 Nov. 2020 By the 1950s, demand for its meat and qiviut (soft inner wool) almost pushed the species to extinction. Julia M. Chan, CNN, 8 Nov. 2020 Ryan walked five hundred miles across the Arctic, alone, and chased migrating musk ox in an attempt to gather qiviut, and revolutionized the mushroom-foraging industry by applying data analysis and technology no mushroom forager had ever used. Genesee Keevil, Popular Mechanics, 17 May 2018 The visitor center and gift shop are in a historic Matanuska Colony barn where visitors can purchase garments woven from qiviut, the underfur that combed from the musk ox. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2018 Some species pile on the layers, like the arctic musk ox, whose soft undercoat—called qiviut—insulates them from minus 50 degree Fahrenheit temperatures. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 10 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of qiviut

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Qiviut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qiviut. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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