noun, plural hoot·chi·noos.
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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“The poor, ornery chechaquo,” murmured Hootchinoo Bill, as they watched the sorrowing Swede disappear up the trail.The Faith of Men