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or Ku·te·nay

[koot-n-ey, -n-ee]
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  1. a member of a North American Indian people of British Columbia, Montana, and Idaho.
  2. the language of the Kutenai Indians.
  3. Kootenay.


or Koo·te·nai, Ku·te·nay, Ku·te·nai

[koot-n-ey, -n-ee]
  1. a river flowing from SW Canada through NW Montana and N Idaho, swinging back into Canada to the Columbia River. 400 miles (645 km) long.
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Examples from the Web for kutenai

Historical Examples

  • Then at last they listened to the words of the Kutenai woman.

    Jack in the Rockies

    George Bird Grinnell

  • Now on the bank of the river there was a camp of Kutenai Indians.

    Jack the Young Canoeman

    George Bird Grinnell

  • The Sarsi also had the very same form and we may suspect the Kutenai as well.

  • Even today the lower Kutenai are noted for their water-tight baskets of split roots.

    The Red Man's Continent

    Ellsworth Huntington

  • In addition, note that the Kutenai (also called Skalzi) are a distinct linguistic stock, known as Kitunahan.

British Dictionary definitions for kutenai



  1. a river in W North America, rising in SE British Columbia and flowing south into NW Montana, then north into Idaho before re-entering British Columbia, broadening into Kootenay Lake, then flowing to the Columbia River. Length: 655 km (407 miles)
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