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n. pl. Chinook or Chi·nooks
a. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the lower Columbia River valley and adjoining coastal regions of Washington and Oregon, now located in western Washington. The Chinook traded widely throughout the Pacific Northwest.
b. The Chinookan language of the Chinook.
2. A member of any of several Chinookan-speaking peoples formerly inhabiting the Columbia River valley eastward to The Dalles and now located in southern Washington and northern Oregon.
[Chehalis (Salishan language of western Washington) c'inúk.]
1. A moist warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.
2. A warm dry wind that descends from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, causing a rapid rise in temperature.
3. A Chinook salmon.
[After the Chinook.]
1. (Physical Geography) Also called: snow eater a warm dry southwesterly wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
2. (Physical Geography) Also called: wet chinook a warm moist wind blowing onto the Washington and Oregon coasts from the sea
[C19: from Salish c'inuk]
npl -nook or -nooks
1. (Peoples) a Native American people of the Pacific coast near the Columbia River
2. (Languages) the language of this people, probably forming a separate branch of the Penutian phylum
Chi•nook(ʃɪˈnʊk, -ˈnuk, tʃɪ-)
n., pl. -nooks, (esp. collectively) -nook.
a. a member of an American Indian people aboriginally inhabiting the N shore of the mouth of the Columbia River.
b. a member of any of a group of peoples including the Chinook of the Columbia River mouth and related peoples to the S and W.
c. either of two languages spoken by these peoples, one, now extinct, spoken on both sides of the Columbia estuary (Lower Chinook) and the other spoken W of the estuary (Upper Chinook).
2. (l.c.) a warm, dry wind that blows at intervals down the E slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
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|Noun||1.||chinook - a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies|
|2.||Chinook - a member of an important North American Indian people who controlled the mouth of the Columbia river; they were organized into settlements rather than tribes|
Penutian - a member of a North American Indian people speaking one of the Penutian languages
|3.||chinook - pink or white flesh of large Pacific salmon|
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, quinnat salmon, chinook salmon, king salmon, chinook - large Pacific salmon valued as food; adults die after spawning
salmon - flesh of any of various marine or freshwater fish of the family Salmonidae
|4.||Chinook - a Penutian language spoken by the Chinook|
Penutian - a family of Amerindian language spoken in the great interior valley of California
|5.||chinook - large Pacific salmon valued as food; adults die after spawning|
salmon - any of various large food and game fishes of northern waters; usually migrate from salt to fresh water to spawn
genus Oncorhynchus, Oncorhynchus - Pacific salmon including sockeye salmon; chinook salmon; chum salmon; coho salmon