Definition of quinzhee in US English:

quinzhee

(also quinzee)

noun

  • A type of shelter originally used by North American Indians, consisting of a mound of snow with a domed chamber dug into it.

    ‘don't forget to store your shovel inside the quinzhee in case there's a snowstorm’

Origin

From Slavey kǫ́ézhii ‘in the shelter’, or from a similar form in another Athabaskan language.

Pronunciation

quinzhee

/ˈkwɪnzi//ˈkwinzē/