noun Chi·nook \shə-ˈnk, chə-, -ˈnük\
plural Chinook or Chinooks

Definition of CHINOOK

:  a member of an American Indian people of the north shore of the Columbia River at its mouth
:  a Chinookan language of the Chinook and other nearby peoples
often not capitalized
a :  a warm moist southwest wind of the coast from Oregon northward
b :  a warm dry wind that descends the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
not capitalized :  chinook salmon

Origin of CHINOOK

Lower Chehalis (Salishan language of western Washington) c̓inúk, name of a Chinook village
First Known Use: 1795

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, prehistory, yurt


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