pl. -·us·es or -·use·
- a member of a group of North American Indians that lived in the Blue Mountains section of NE Oreg.
- the language of this people
- a horse, esp. a small Western horse used by cowboys
Origin of Cayuse; from tribal name
A small sturdy horse, especially a Cayuse Indian pony.
Origin of cayuseShort for cayuse pony, from Cayuse.
nounpl. Cayuse or Cay·us·es
- A member of a Native American people inhabiting northeast Oregon and southeast Washington.
- a. The extinct traditional language of the Cayuse, not closely related to any other.b. The dialect of Nez Perce spoken by the Cayuse in the 1800s and 1900s.
Origin of CayuseFrom Columbian Salish (Salish language of the Columbia River valley) qayús, Cayuse or a kindred word in another language of the Pacific Northwest .