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Snow Vocabulary

Aqilluqaq

  • Soft powdery snow, new snow
  • Good for patching the cracks between the blocks of an igloo

Sitilluqaq

  • Hard compacted snow, old snow
  • Good for solid, but cold, igloo construction

Pukajaq

  • Type of snow formed of small-sized crystals 
  • Ideal to build warmer igloos for cold weather, but fragile in the blizzard

Pukak

  • Type of snow formed of medium-sized crystals 
  • Known to be appropriate to melt to water

Pukarlaq 

  • Type of snow formed of large-sized crystals 
  • Known to produce the most drinking water when melted

Irralijuq 

  • Freezing rain

Bilik 

  • Snowflake

Qingainnguit 

  • Miniature snowflakes, visible through the sunlight

Qanittaq

  • Freshly fallen snow
  • Known to produce the least drinking water when melted

Aniuvak 

  • Accumulated snow 

Kanngutiit

  • Snow that accumulates on wires and branches
  • Happens under very cold conditions 

Kaniq

  • Frost that forms inside a window or even inside clothing
  • Happens under very cold conditions 

Aputitsaq

  • Word used to describe good snow to build igloos

Aqilluqaq

ᐊᕿᓪᓗᖃᖅ

Soft powdery snow, new snow

Sitilluqaq

ᓯᑎᓪᓗᖃᖅ

Hard compacted snow, old snow

Pukajaq

ᑲᔭᖅ

Type of snow formed of small-sized crystals

Pukak

ᐳᑲᒃ

Type of snow formed of medium-sized crystals

Pukarlaq

ᐳᑲᕐᓚᖅ

Type of snow formed of large-sized crystals

Irralijuq

ᐃᕐᕋᓕᔪᖅ

Freezing rain

Bilik

ᐱᓕᒃ

Snowflake

Qingainnguit

ᕿᙰᖕᖑᐃᑦ

Miniature snowflakes, visible through the sunlight

Qanittaq

ᖃᓂᑦᑕᖅ

Freshly fallen snow

Aniuvak

ᐊᓂᐅᕙᒃ

Accumulated snow

Kanngutiit

ᑲᖕᖑᑏᑦ

Snow that accumulates on wires and branches

Kaniq

ᑲᓂᖅ

Frost that forms inside a window or even inside clothing

Aputitsaq

ᐊᐳᑎᑦᓴᖅ

Word used to describe good snow to build igloos

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