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

  • n. Variant of tepee.

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  • n. A cone-shaped tent traditionally used by many native peoples of the Great Plains of North America.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See tepee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Native American tent; usually of conical shape


From the Lakota word thípi (IPA: /ˈtʰipi/), which consists of two elements: the verb thí, meaning "to dwell," and pi, a pluralising enclitic (a suffix-like ending that marks the subject of the verb as plural), which means "they dwell." Lakota verbs can be used as nouns and this is the case with thípi, which in practice just means "house." (Wiktionary)



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