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[yoo-kon] /ˈyu kɒn/
a river flowing NW and then SW from NW Canada through Alaska to the Bering Sea. About 2000 miles (3220 km) long.
a territory in NW Canada. 207,076 sq. mi. (536,325 sq. km).
Capital: Whitehorse.
a town in central Oklahoma.
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Yukoner, noun Unabridged
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  • They struck the yukon river and went down over the sloppy ice.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • A lower temperature than this is recorded every winter on the yukon river.

  • It faces on one of the banks of the yukon river, along which it extends for about a mile.

    Klondike Nuggets E. S. Ellis
  • Why, man alive, she was born in a snow-shack on the yukon river!

    Little Eve Edgarton Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • Reaching the yukon river, a small steamer was hailed; they boarded her and soon smoked contentedly on deck in the sunshine.

    The Trail of a Sourdough May Kellogg Sullivan
  • Those who went by ocean steamer had to transfer to flat-bottomed boats to go up the yukon river.

    Historic Adventures Rupert S. Holland
  • She has been working along the yukon river for years, and she has done so much for the miners.

    If Any Man Sin H. A. Cody
  • Its nest has been found in trees and on the ground in the Arctic regions, on the yukon river in July.

  • yukon river steamers are sent up in small sections and put together on the river.

British Dictionary definitions for yukon river

Yukon River

a river in NW North America, rising in NW Canada on the border between the Yukon Territory and British Columbia: flows northwest into Alaska, US, and then southwest to the Bering Sea; navigable for about 2850 km (1775 miles) to Whitehorse. Length: 3185 km (1979 miles)


the Yukon, a territory of NW Canada, on the Beaufort Sea, between the Northwest Territories and Alaska: arctic and mountainous, reaching 5959 m (19 550 ft) at Mount Logan, Canada's highest peak; mineral resources. Capital: Whitehorse. Pop: 31 209 (2004 est). Area: 536 327 sq km (207 076 sq miles) YT
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