[syn: chinook, chinook salmon, king salmon, quinnat salmon, Oncorhynchus tshawytscha]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Chinook \Chi*nook"\, n.
1. (Ethnol.) One of a tribe of North American Indians now
living in the state of Washington, noted for the custom of
flattening their skulls. Chinooks also called Flathead
2. A warm westerly wind from the country of the Chinooks,
sometimes experienced on the slope of the Rocky Mountains,
in Montana and the adjacent territory.
3. A jargon of words from various languages (the largest
proportion of which is from that of the Chinooks)
generally understood by all the Indian tribes of the
northwestern territories of the United States.