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(US & Canadian, informal) (in the Pacific Northwest) a friend
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from Chinook Jargon, from Chinook tlxam kin, esp as distinguished from chiefs
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  • The tillicum would not have compared favourably with an English steam-yacht.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Still, there were not four capable seamen on board the tillicum!

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Her trunk was sent to the tillicum's dock this morning and she has her suit case in the office.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • You'll send out the tillicum to find him and tow him in, won't you?

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • The tillicum, as he remembered, was also lying well out from the beach.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Next day the tillicum brought up off a little mining town, and George, who went ashore, came back with several letters.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • But, fer a' his sma' size the lad's uncanny knowin', an' the heart o' um's the heart o' a tillicum.

    Connie Morgan in Alaska James B. Hendryx
  • He tells me tillicum's back a little way up the trail with a broken leg.

  • He paddled easily while the tide swept him on until he reached the tillicum.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • But—but—Why, dad burn it, sir, you said it was perfectly agreeable to you to have me charter the tillicum to them!

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne

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