Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Native American people formerly inhabiting the lower Snake River and its tributaries in western Idaho, northeast Oregon, and southeast Washington, with present-day populations in western Idaho and northeast Washington.
  • n. A member of this people.
  • n. The Sahaptian language of the Nez Perce.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French Nez-Percé : nez, nose + percé, past participle of percer, to pierce.

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