Kootenai

noun
Koo·​te·​nai | \ ˈkü-tə-ˌnā How to pronounce Kootenai (audio) , -ˌnē \
variants: or
plural Kootenai or Kootenais

Definition of Kootenai

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of an American Indian people of the Rocky Mountains in both the U.S. and Canada
2 : the language of the Kootenai people

Kootenai

geographical name
Koo·​te·​nai | \ ˈkü-tə-ˌnā How to pronounce Kootenai (audio) , -tə-nē \
variants: or in Canada Kootenay

Definition of Kootenai (Entry 2 of 2)

river 407 miles (655 kilometers) long in southwestern Canada and northwestern U.S.; rises in British Columbia, flows south into Montana, west and north through Idaho, and back into British Columbia, where it goes through Kootenay Lake (65 miles, or 104 kilometers, long) into the Columbia River

First Known Use of Kootenai

Noun

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Kootenai

Noun

ultimately from Kootenai ktunaxa, a self-designation of some Canadian Kootenai

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“Kootenai.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kootenai. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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