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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
  Indians}. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  chinook 
  n  1:  a  warm  dry  wind  blowing  down  the  E  slopes  of  the  Rockies 
  [syn:  {chinook  wind},  {snow  eater}] 
  2:  a  member  of  an  important  North  American  Indian  people  who 
  controlled  the  mouth  of  the  Columbia  river;  they  were 
  organized  into  settlements  rather  than  tribes  [syn:  {Chinook}] 
  3:  pink  or  white  flesh  of  large  Pacific  salmon  [syn:  {chinook 
  salmon},  {king  salmon}] 
  4:  a  Penutian  language  spoken  by  the  Chinook  people  [syn:  {Chinookan}, 
  {Chinook}] 
  5:  large  Pacific  salmon  valued  as  food;  adults  die  after 
  spawning  [syn:  {chinook  salmon},  {king  salmon},  {quinnat 
  salmon},  {Onchorynchus  tshawtscha}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Chinook,  MT  (city,  FIPS  14575) 
  Location:  48.59040  N,  109.23123  W 
  Population  (1990):  1512  (801  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  59523 




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