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Origin and Meaning of Chinook

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  • A user from Alaska, United States says the name Chinook is of Unknown origin and means "A warm wind".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chi*nook"
  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.
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  1. Large Pacific salmon valued as food; adults die after spawning
  2. A Penutian language spoken by the Chinook
  3. Pink or white flesh of large Pacific salmon
  4. 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
  5. A warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies

From Lower Chehalis c̓inúk (the name of a Chinook village on the Columbia river)

  1. (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.
  2. The chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Chinook

Billy was born in 1827 in North central, Oregon. He left this life on December 9th, 1890.


Fun Facts about the name Chinook

  • How unique is the name Chinook? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Chinook was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Chinook: Your name in reverse order is Koonihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ocohkni. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Chinook born Oct 18, 1995

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Africa approximately on 725. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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