quinzhee, n.: ‘ A snow shelter of a type originally used by North American Indians, consisting of a mound of snow with a domed chamber dug into it.’
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈkwɪnzi/, U.S. /ˈkwɪnzi/
Forms: 19– quinzee, 19– quinzhee, 19– quinzie.
Etymology: < Slave kǫ́ézhii, lit. ‘in the shelter’, or < a similar form in another Athabaskan language.
N. Amer. A snow shelter of a type originally used by North American Indians, consisting of a mound of snow with a domed chamber dug into it.1984 G. Durrell How to shoot Amateur Naturalist v. 97 Crawling into the quinzhee, Lee found that, although the temperature outside was minus thirty, inside our snowhouse it was one degree above freezing.
1995 Leader (Canada) Mar. 26/1 The night they slept in their backyard quinzhee the temperature dropped to -15 C.
2005 K. Callan Happy Camper 252 Don’t forget to store your shovel inside the quinzee in case there’s a snowstorm..and you have to dig yourself out.