Chinook

noun Chi·nook \ shə-ˈnu̇k , chə- , -ˈnük \

Definition of Chinook

plural Chinook or Chinooks
1 :a member of an American Indian people of the north shore of the Columbia River at its mouth
2 :a Chinookan language of the Chinook and other nearby peoples
3 or less commonly chinook
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
4 or less commonly chinook :chinook salmon

Origin and Etymology of chinook

Lower Chehalis (Salishan language of western Washington) c̓inúk, name of a Chinook village

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