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How Many Words for Snow?

For thousands of years, indigenous Arctic peoples lived in harmony with their environment, and a lifetime was spent learning the nuances of the land and sea - skills essential for survival in a world of ice and snow.

It is therefore not surprising that the Inuit, Aivilik and Igloolik languages have over 30 words for snow. For example:

Aniuk : Snow for drinking water.
Aput : Snow on the ground (regular snow)
Aqilluqqaaq : Fresh and soggy snow.
Auviq : Snow brick, to build igloos.
Kavisilaq : Snow hardened by rain or frost.
Kinirtaq : Wet and compact snow.
Maujaq : Deep and soft snow, where it's difficult to walk.
Mituk : Small snow layer on the water of a fishing hole.
Piqsiq : snow lifted by the wind - blizzard.
Qanniq : falling snow.

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