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Pima

[pee-muh]
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noun, plural Pi·mas, (especially collectively) Pi·ma for 1.
  1. a member of an Indian people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
  2. 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
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Pima

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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