Great Land of Alaska
Definition of Alaskan Terms
- Arctic Circle
- The southernmost point at which the sun does not set on the summer solstice nor rise on the winter solstice; located at
approximately 66° 34' N lattitude.
- Barn door
- A large halibut in excess of 300 pounds.
- Bear insurance
- A gun powerful enough to bring down a bear in a single shot.
- Bush, The
- Any part of Alaska that can be reached only by plane or boat, depending on the season and the weather. This means most of
- Cabin fever
- A psychological condition arising from being inside too much during the long, cold winter. Sometimes described as "a
12-foot stare in a 10-foot room."
- When a large piece of ice falls from a glacier.
- A newcomer to Alaska.
- A small halibut.
- Combat fishing
- Crowded fishing conditions. [picture]
- A small herring used as bait while trolling.
- A good fisherman.
- Indoor bucket used as a toilet in houses that don't have plumbing.
- Iron dog
- A snowmachine.
- Kenai, The
- 1 : The Kenai Peninsula.
2 : The Kenai River.
- Southeast Alaska's Big Foot.
- Lights, The
- The Aurora borealis.
- Lode claim
- A mining claim made on a vein, zone, or belt of minerals. The mineral is in its original position in the bedrock. See
- Longline fisherman
- A halibut fisherman.
- Lower 48
- The continental United States. See outside.
- Moose Gooser
- The Alaska Railroad.
- A mass of glacial residue carried and deposited by a glacier.
- Mountain, The
- Denali / Mt. McKinley, North America's largest mountain.
- A dog team driver.
- Marsh; bog; wet, swampy land.
- A lone hill sticking out above the surface of a glacier.
- 1 : The continental United States. See Lower 48.
2 : Anywhere not in Alaska.
- Permanently frozen ground.
- A large mound raised by frost action above the permafrost.
- Placer claim
- A mining claim made on an area, rather than a vein. The mineral has been removed from its original position in the bedrock
through erosion. See Lode claim.
- A group of whales.
- 1 : n. An overland route of travel between navigable waterways.
2 : v. To carry a canoe or small boat over a portage.
- Hair from a musk-ox to make garments.
- A seal's natural breeding ground.
- A medicine man with great power.
- Sitka Slippers
- Heavy-duty rubber boots, commonly worn in the southeast.
- A snow-mobile. [picture]
- On the fishing grounds, a very large fish.
- 1 : Someone who has lived in Alaska a long time, usually in the bush.
2 : A sour-tasting dough used to make a variety of foods, including bread and
- Spawned Out
- A fish (usually a salmon) that's finished spawning and is slowly dying and is considered inedible. Usually recognized by a
dramatic color change and large patches of dead, white flesh.
- Termination dust
- 1 : A dust coating of snow that appears on the mountain tops in fall, signaling the end of summer.
2 : The first snow to stay on the ground in the Anchorage bowl, thereby terminating construction season.
(Definition 2 is the original meaning, but nowadays 1 is the most commonly used).
- A layer of moss that protects and covers permafrost.
- A versatile, half-moon-shaped knife traditionally used by many Native Alaskans.
- A sudden gust of wind that may reach 100 knots after the winds build up on one side of a mountain and suddenly spill over into
relatively protected areas.