saltchuck

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Chinook Jargon saltchuck (saltwater, the sea), from salt (salt) (from English salt) + chuck (water) from Nootka ča'úk (water).[1]

Noun[edit]

saltchuck (plural saltchucks)

  1. (British Columbia, Washington, Pacific Northwest) Any body of saltwater, especially the ocean.
    • 2002, Harvey and Penny Manning, Ira Spring, Winter Walks and Hikes: Puget Sound, page 155:
      The ultimate consensus was to keep the de-Whited river Green to its Tukwila junction with the Black, the outlet of Lake Washington, then make it Duwamish the rest of the way to the saltchuck.
    • 2011, Betty Keller, Rosella Leslie, Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits: A History of the Sunshine Coast, page 130:
      Trucks disappeared over precipices, rail cars were shunted into the saltchuck, and donkey engines collapsed from old age. [] However, if it was abandoned anywhere near the saltchuck, it was probably picked up by one of the entrepreneurs []

Derived terms[edit]

  • chuck (in its sense "body of water")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989