Definition of muktuk in English:



mass noun
  • The skin and blubber of a whale, typically the narwhal or the beluga, used as food by the Inuit.

    • ‘The good news was that three of the whales washed up in areas where they could be both scientifically sampled and salvaged by Natives hungry for muktuk.’
    • ‘The hamlet of about 930 residents will set out a traditional Inuit dinner for the prime minister where caribou soup and muktuk - a delicacy made from the skin of a beluga whale - will be served.’
    • ‘Once in Anchorage, Native people generally continue their ways of hunting, gathering, sharing, and eating ‘Native food,’ including beluga muktuk.’
    • ‘The beluga, whose vocalizations have earned it the moniker ‘canary of the sea,’ is more than a muktuk meal.’
    • ‘But after a whale's death, there is also the celebration and remarkable communion-like sharing of its meat and muktuk, in traditional rituals that affirm the central values of Inupiat culture.’
    • ‘Last year, Trites was surprised to see beluga muktuk on the menu in an Iqaluit restaurant.’
    • ‘The smell of the sea was in the air as picnickers feasted on sun-dried halibut, muktuk, whale blubber, and Greenland raisin cake.’
    • ‘For a long time, until health regulators stopped the practice, the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage served its patients wild foods, including moose and seal meat and beluga muktuk.’


From Inuit maktak.