Noot·​ka ˈnu̇t-kə How to pronounce Nootka (audio)
plural Nootka or Nootkas : a member of a First Nation people inhabiting the west coast of Vancouver Island : nuu-chah-nulth sense 1

Note: While the name Nootka (which was imposed by outsiders) is used by some members, others prefer Nuu-chah-nulth.

: the Wakashan language of the Nootka people : nuu-chah-nulth sense 2

Word History


Nootka Sound, Vancouver Island

First Known Use

circa 1789, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nootka was circa 1789

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“Nootka.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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