Wednesday’s Word of the Week 3-14-2018

quinzhee

/ˈkwɪnz/

noun


Definition

  1. A shelter made by hollowing out a pile of snow.

(This is in contrast to an igloo, which is built up from blocks of hard snow, and a snow cave, constructed by digging into the snow.)


Examples

Bidding goodnight to Francine, John and I set off in the dark to find both quinzhee and tent.
The Independent – Frontpage RSS Feed

John is all for sleeping in the quinzhee, but having seen how thin Regent’s sleeping bags are, I exert what is left of my parental authority and take up our host’s suggestion that we use a nearby tent which he has equipped with a log-burning stove.
The Independent – Frontpage RSS Feed

 


Origin

The word ‘quinzhee’ comes from a Slavey word meaning “in the shelter”. (Slavey is an Athabaskan language spoken among the Slavey and Sahtu people of Canada in the Northwest Territories.)

 


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