cayuse

[ kahy-yoos, kahy-oos ]
/ kaɪˈyus, ˈkaɪ us /

noun

Western U.S. a horse, especially an Indian pony.
Also called cayuse wind. Northwestern U.S. a cold wind blowing from the east.

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Origin of cayuse

1830–40, Americanism; named after the Cayuse

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Cayuse

[ kahy-yoos, kahy-oos ]
/ kaɪˈyus, ˈkaɪ us /

noun, plural Cay·us·es, (especially collectively) Cay·use.

a member of a tribe of North American Indians now living in Oregon.
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cayuse

/ (ˈkaɪuːs) /

noun

Western US and Canadian a small Native American pony used by cowboys

Word Origin for cayuse

C19: from a Chinookan language
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Word Origin and History for cayuse

cayuse


n.

"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.

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