There are 2 definitions of Chinook in English:

Chinook

Syllabification: Chi·nook
Pronunciation: /SHəˈno͝ok, CHə-
 
/

noun (plural same or Chinooks)

  • 1A member of an American Indian people originally inhabiting the region around the lower Columbia River in Oregon and Washington.
    More example sentences
    • In the language of the native Chinook, ‘mima ‘does refer to death or burial.’
  • 2The language of the Chinook.
    More example sentences
    • Apparently not, because another local citizen served as a translator into Chinook, the trade language of the Puget Sound tribes, and an Indian in turn translated into the local tongue.
    • Chinook Jargon is a pidgin based primarily on Chinook and Nuuchanulth that served as a trade language throughout the Pacific Northwest.

adjective

Back to top  
  • Relating to the Chinook or their language.
    More example sentences
    • Even Lewis and Clark, returning through the Cascades in 1806, stopped at a nearly deserted Chinook village where they met an old woman ‘badly marked with the Small Pox’, who remained there still.

Origin

from c'inúk, a Salishan word for the name of a Chinook village.

More definitions of Chinook

Definition of Chinook in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space

There are 2 definitions of Chinook in English:

chinook

Syllabification: chi·nook
Pronunciation: /SHəˈno͝ok, CHə-
 
/

noun

  • 1 (also chinook wind) A warm dry wind that blows down the east side of the Rocky Mountains at the end of winter.
    More example sentences
    • In Alberta, Canada, those complaints revolve around chinooks, the warm winds that sweep the area during winter.
    • Many named winds: chinook, fohn and the berg wind for example, identify this adiabatic condition.
    • A 2000 study published in Neurology found that when warm westerly winds, called the chinook winds, came off the Canadian Rockies, migraines increased in patients.
  • 2 (also chinook salmon) A large North Pacific salmon that is an important commercial food fish.
    • Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, family Salmonidae
    More example sentences
    • Its year-round fishing was about as good as it gets - until three prime species ended up listed under the Endangered Species Act (coho salmon, chinook salmon and steelhead).
    • The young snakes prey on recently hatched steelhead trout and chinook salmon and on the tadpoles of yellow-legged frogs.
    • The Seymour hatchery raises and releases about 750,000 smolts annually, including pink, chum, coho, chinook salmon, cutthroat trout and steelhead.

Origin

mid 19th century: from attributive use of Chinook.

More definitions of Chinook

Definition of chinook in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day astrogation
Pronunciation: ˌastrə(ʊ)ˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
noun
(in science fiction) navigation in outer space