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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Rush: What the World's Greatest Gold Prospector Knows," 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, "Musk ox mothers and newborns get acquainted in Palmer," 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, "A Frog That Freezes and Thaws, Plus More Ways Animals Cope With Cold," 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 10 Jul. 2020.

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