There are 2 definitions of chinook in English:


Line breaks: chi|nook
Pronunciation: /tʃɪˈnuːk
, -nʊk, ʃɪ-/


1 (also chinook wind) A warm dry wind which blows down the east side of the Rocky Mountains at the end of winter.
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  • 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 which is an important food fish.
  • Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, family Salmonidae
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  • 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.


mid 19th century: from attributive use of Chinook.

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There are 2 definitions of chinook in English:


Line breaks: Chi|nook
Pronunciation: /tʃɪˈnuːk
, -ˈnʊk, ʃɪ-/

noun (plural same or Chinooks)

1A member of an American Indian people originally inhabiting the region around the Columbia River in Oregon.
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  • In the language of the native Chinook, ‘mima ‘does refer to death or burial.’
2 [mass noun] The extinct Penutian language of the Chinook.
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  • 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.


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Relating to the Chinook or their language.
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  • 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.


from Salish tsinúk.

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