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  1. chinook salmon.
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Origin of tyee

1790–1800, Americanism; < Chinook Jargon: chief, boss (< Nootka ta·yi· elder brother, senior); as a name for the fish perhaps analogous with king salmon
Also called tyee salmon.
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Examples from the Web for tyee

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Layard could not induce them to touch anything from the bank, but a tyee of 18lb.

    Fishing in British Columbia

    Thomas Wilson Lambert

  • If we don' skin um, we goin' to mak' Sah-ha-lee Tyee ver' mad.

  • The tyee salmon, "Oncorhynchus tschawytscha," has many names.

  • "The Tyee will be in from Valparaiso about that time," he answered.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne

  • On your way out West to join the Tyee you wrote her every day on the train.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne