Definition of chinook noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃɪˈnuːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃɪˈnuːk//
    ; BrE BrE//ʃɪˈnuːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪˈnuːk//
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  1. 1(also chinook wind) a warm dry wind that blows down the east side of the Rocky Mountains at the end of winter
  2. 2 (also chinook salmon) a large N Pacific salmon which is eaten as food See related entries: Fish
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from attributive use of Chinook, inhabitants of the Columbia river region in Oregon.