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[tahy-ee] /ˈtaɪ i/
Also called tyee salmon.
Origin of tyee
1790-1800, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon: chief, boss (< Nootka ta·yi· elder brother, senior); as a name for the fish perhaps analogous with king salmon Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Haouwith, or Hawilth, is the original word for chief, though tyee is commonly used.

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  • If we don' skin um, we goin' to mak' Sah-ha-lee tyee ver' mad.

  • The young laird of tyee wondered what sort of man could have done this thing—this monumental wickedness.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • "The tyee will be in from Valparaiso about that time," he answered.

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  • He eagerly explained the situation to the tyee, who welcomed the strangers with grave politeness.

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  • On your way out West to join the tyee you wrote her every day on the train.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • They arranged it during the next few minutes, and then Jimmy was rowed off to the tyee.

    Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss
  • Valentine got into the dory, and paddled him to the little wharf where the tyee was lying.

    Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss
  • The Laird of tyee had thought he had long since plumbed the heights and depths of the joys and sorrows of fatherhood.

    Kindred of the Dust Peter B. Kyne
  • Guess I can't stop his getting the tyee, and she's the second boat he has taken from me.

    Thrice Armed Harold Bindloss

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