hoochinoo

hoochinoo

[hoo-chuh-noo, hoo-chuh-noo]
noun, plural hoochinoos.
a type of distilled liquor made by Alaskan Indians.
Also, hootchinoo.


Origin:
1875–80, Americanism; orig. the name of a Tlingit village on Admiralty Island, Alaska, reputed to be a source of illicit liquor; alteration of Tlingit xucnu·wú literally, brown bear's fort (xú·c brown bear + nu·w fortified place)

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