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Chi·nook  (sh-nk, ch-)
n. pl. Chinook or Chi·nooks
1.
a. 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. A member of this people.
c. The Chinookan language of the Chinook.
2.
a. Any of various Chinookan-speaking peoples formerly inhabiting the Columbia River valley eastward to The Dalles and now located in southern Washington and northern Oregon.
b. A member of any of these peoples.

[Chehalis (Salishan language of western Washington) cinúk.]

chi·nook  (sh-nk, ch-)
n.
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.

[Short for Chinook wind.]

chinook [tʃɪˈnuːk -ˈnʊk]
n
1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Also called snow eater a warm dry southwesterly wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains
2. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Also called wet chinook a warm moist wind blowing onto the Washington and Oregon coasts from the sea
[from Salish c`inuk]

Chinook [tʃɪˈnuːk -ˈnʊk]
n
1. (Social Science / Peoples) pl -nook, -nooks a North American Indian people of the Pacific coast near the Columbia River
2. (Linguistics / Languages) the language of this people, probably forming a separate branch of the Penutian phylum

chinook  (sh-nk, ch-)
1. A moist, warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.
2. A warm, dry wind descending from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, causing a rapid rise in temperature. These winds often melt snow quite rapidly, at times at a rate of up to a foot per hour. See also foehn.
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