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Definitions of chinook

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


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