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[kahy-yoos, kahy-oos] /kaɪˈyus, ˈkaɪ us/
Western U.S. a horse, especially an Indian pony.
Also called cayuse wind. Northwestern U.S. a cold wind blowing from the east.
Origin of cayuse
1830-40, Americanism; named after the Cayuse


[kahy-yoos, kahy-oos] /kaɪˈyus, ˈkaɪ us/
noun, plural Cayuses (especially collectively) Cayuse.
a member of a tribe of North American Indians now living in Oregon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Go rope a cayuse—get some staples and that leetle axe in my office, and go to it.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • I'll bet they gave him a cayuse an' started him off while we've been losing time in here.

  • All that the soldiers had to eat for thirty days was the meat of a cayuse pony without salt.

  • Fortunately, the horse was a cayuse and used to that kind of work.

    The Gold Trail Harold Bindloss
  • Then the Klickitat seemed to suggest something at which the cayuse shook his head indignantly.

    The Bridge of the Gods Frederic Homer Balch
  • Not much on looks, Bill, but a cayuse don't cover ground on his looks.

    Riders of the Silences John Frederick
  • Bud dug spurs into his cayuse and followed, but it was some minutes before he managed to catch up with his friend.

    Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
  • My horse, I knew, could outrace any cayuse of the Sioux band.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • There was a considerable proportion of the spotted roan, which is the traditional color for the Indian "cayuse."

    Two Years in Oregon Wallis Nash
  • In that fierce and proud regard was something the cayuse could not fathom.

    The Bridge of the Gods Frederic Homer Balch
British Dictionary definitions for cayuse


(Western US & Canadian) a small Native American pony used by cowboys
Word Origin
C19: from a Chinookan language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cayuse

"horse, Indian pony," 1841, American English, said to be a Chinook (native Pacific Northwest) word; also the name of an Indian group and language (1825), of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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