[hoo-chuh-noo, hoo-chuh-noo]

noun, plural hoot·chi·noos.


or hoot·chi·noo

[hoo-chuh-noo, hoo-chuh-noo]

noun, plural hoo·chi·noos.

a type of distilled liquor made by Alaskan Indians.

Origin of hoochinoo

1875–80, Americanism; orig. 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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Examples from the Web for hootchinoo

Historical Examples of hootchinoo

  • “The poor, ornery chechaquo,” murmured Hootchinoo Bill, as they watched the sorrowing Swede disappear up the trail.

    The Faith of Men

    Jack London