- a member of a North American Indian people closely related to the Pima and now living mainly in southern Arizona and northwestern Mexico.
- the Uto-Aztecan language of the Papago Indians, closely related to Pima.
Origin of Papago
< Spanish pápago, earlier papabo(s), shortening of papabi-ootam < Pima-Papago bá·bawĭ-ʔóʔodham Papago(s), equivalent to bá·bawĭ tepary beans + ʔóʔodham Piman
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Examples from the Web for papago
Nadeze was far more respectful since Geronimo had slain the Papago.
But he was just as happy that he had not killed the second Papago too.
Then, before you know it, you are in the Papago Indian Reserve.Through Our Unknown Southwest
Agnes C. Laut
It is located on the lands of the Papago Indians, in whose charge it now is.The Young Trail Hunters
Samuel Woodworth Cozzens
In the meantime he had taken up with a Papago girl, to the scandal of the tribe.Building a State in Apache Land
Charles D. Poston