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hoochinoo

or hoot·chi·noo

[ hoo-chuh-noo, hoo-chuh-noo ]
/ ˈhu tʃəˌnu, ˌhu tʃəˈnu /
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noun, plural hoo·chi·noos.

a type of distilled liquor made by Alaskan Indians.

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Origin of hoochinoo

1875–80, Americanism; originally the name of a Tlingit village on Admiralty Island, Alaska, reputed to be a source of illicit liquor; alteration of Tlingit xucnu·wú literally, brown bear's fort (xú·c brown bear + nu·w fortified place)
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