Chinook meaning

shĭ-no͝ok', chĭ-
A moist warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.
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A warm dry wind that descends from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, causing a rapid rise in temperature.
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A member of any of several Chinookan-speaking peoples formerly inhabiting the Columbia River valley eastward to The Dalles and now located in southern Washington and northern Oregon.
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A member of a North American Indian people of the Columbia River valley and adjacent regions.
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Either of two languages spoken by this people, Lower Chinook, now extinct, and Upper Chinook, still spoken in Oregon and Washington.
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The warm, dry wind blowing intermittently down the east side of the Rockies during the winter and early spring, which causes the rapid thawing of snow.
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A moist, warm wind blowing from the sea in coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest.
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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.
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(Canada, physics, meteorology) The descending, warm, dry wind on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains. The chinook generally blows from the southwest, but its direction may be modified by topography. When it sets in after a spell of intense cold, the temperature may rise by 20–40°F in 15 minutes due to replacement of a cold air mass with a much warmer air mass in minutes.
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The chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha[[Category:Entries using missing taxonomic name ({{{2}}})|Oncorhynchus tschawytscha]]).
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(uncountable) A Native American language of the Penutian family of Oregon and Washington.
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A Chinook salmon.
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Origin of chinook

  • Chehalis (Salishan language of western Washington) c'inúk
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • After the Chinook
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition