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Chinook Jargon

noun
1.
a pidgin based largely on Nootka, Lower Chinook, French, and English, once widely used as a lingua franca from Alaska to Oregon.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40
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Chinook Jargon

noun
1.
a pidgin language containing elements of Native American languages, English, and French: formerly used among fur traders and Indians on the NW coast of North America
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