Chinook Jargon(redirected from Chinuk Wawa)
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A pidgin language combining words from Nootka, Chinook, Salishan languages, French, and English, formerly used as a lingua franca in the Pacific Northwest.
(Languages) a pidgin language containing elements of Native American languages, English, and French: formerly used among fur traders and Indians on the NW coast of North America
a pidgin based largely on Nootka, Lower Chinook, French, and English, once widely used as a lingua franca from Alaska to Oregon.