[nez purs; French ney per-sey]
- a member of a North American Indian people of the Sahaptin family.
- the Sahaptin language of the Nez Percé.
Origin of Nez Percé
1805–15; < French: literally, pierced nose
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He had escaped fire and smoke, or he would not have been here on Arkansa with his old grizzled Nez-perce steed.In the Old West
George Frederick Ruxton
- plural Nez Percés (ˈpɜːsɪz, French pɛrse) or Nez Percé a member of a North American Indian people of the Pacific coast, a tribe of the Sahaptin
- the Sahaptin language of this people
French, literally: pierced nose
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Word Origin and History for nez perce
native people of Idaho and vicinity, and their language, from French Nez Percé, literally "pierced nose." In reference to an early custom of the people of wearing shell ornaments in pierced septums.
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