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hootchinoo

[hoo-chuh-noo, hoo-chuh-noo] /ˈhu tʃəˌnu, ˌhu tʃəˈnu/
noun, plural hootchinoos.
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hoochinoo

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[hoo-chuh-noo, hoo-chuh-noo] /ˈhu tʃəˌnu, ˌhu tʃəˈnu/
noun, plural hoochinoos.
1.
a type of distilled liquor made by Alaskan Indians.
Origin of hoochinoo
1875-1880
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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  • “The poor, ornery chechaquo,” murmured hootchinoo Bill, as they watched the sorrowing Swede disappear up the trail.

    The Faith of Men Jack London

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