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chinook (tʃɪˈnuːk Pronunciation for chinook ; -ˈnʊk) 



  1. Also called: snow eater. a warm dry southwesterly wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
  2. Also called: wet chinook. a warm moist wind blowing onto the Washington and Oregon coasts from the sea

Word Origin

C19: from Salish c'inuk

Chinook (tʃɪˈnuːk Pronunciation for Chinook ; -ˈnʊk) 



  1. (plural) -nook, -nooks. a Native American people of the Pacific coast near the Columbia River
  2. the language of this people, probably forming a separate branch of the Penutian phylum

Example Sentences Including 'chinook'

A four-ounce piece of fish provides only one to two grams of EPA; even the very fatty chinook salmon supplies not that much more.
Kowalski, Robert E The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure
It drags its gentle heat over the land like a dragon breathing fire The chinook never came.
Globe and Mail (2003)
So far, some chinook and sockeye have shown signs of sea lice.
Globe and Mail (2003)


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