Definition of Palouse in English:



  • A member of an American Indian people inhabiting the Palouse River valley in southeastern Washington.

    • ‘The Nez Percé maintained friendly relations with most tribes of the Plateau area, including the Walla Walla, Yakima, Palouse, and Cayuse as well as other tribes to their north.’
    • ‘The Palouse are said to have separated from the Yakima.’
    • ‘The Palouse are considered a Plateau tribe.’


  • Relating to the Palouse.

    • ‘In Washington, our earliest annuals are from the Northwestern and Palouse associations.’
    • ‘During 4 years of tests at 3 Palouse sites, Sierra's average yearly seed yield was 1,348 pounds per acre versus 1,274 for Dwelley.’
    • ‘Some of those who met at the smoking lodge were Weyato Kakin, Helam Kawot, Two Moons, and the Palouse leader, Husis Kute.’
    • ‘In 1858, Wright's soldiers rounded up 800 to 900 horses apparently belonging to Tilcoax, a Palouse leader.’
    • ‘It sits in the deep, deep springs that inspired the very name Kahlotus, a Palouse Indian word meaning ‘hole in the ground.’’
    • ‘Natural horsemen, they recognized that the animal's compact, powerful body and tough, striped hooves ideally suited it to the demands of the rugged Palouse country.’


From Sahaptin palúus which stands in the water referring to a large rock in the Snake River.