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[pee-muh] /ˈpi mə/
noun, plural Pimas (especially collectively) Pima for 1.
a member of an Indian people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
the Uto-Aztecan language of the Pima Indians, closely related to Papago.
Origin of Pima
< American Spanish, earlier Pimahitos < 16th-cent. Pima (Spanish spelling) pimahaitu nothing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Uto-Aztecan people of Arizona, from Spanish, probably from native pi ma:c "(I) don't know," given in answer to some question long ago and mistaken by the Spaniards as a tribal name. Related: Piman.

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