- pl. -·kas or -·ka a member of a North American Indian people living chiefly on Vancouver Island
- the Wakashan language of this people
Origin of Nootkaafter Nootka Sound, inlet on Vancouver Island
nounpl. Nootka or Noot·kas
- A member of a Native American people inhabiting Vancouver Island in British Columbia and Cape Flattery in northwest Washington.
- The Wakashan language of the Nootka. In both senses also called Nuu-Chah-Nulth.
Origin of NootkaNootka nuutkaa, circling around (directions given by the Nootka as James Cook brought his ship close to shore when he reached Nootka Sound in 1778 and taken by him as the name of their people).