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teepee

[tee-pee] /ˈti pi/
noun
1.

tepee

or teepee, tipi

[tee-pee] /ˈti pi/
noun
1.
a tent of the American Indians, made usually from animal skins laid on a conical frame of long poles and having an opening at the top for ventilation and a flap door.
Compare lodge (def 9), wigwam.
Origin of tepee
1735-1745
1735-45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for teepee
Historical Examples
  • He seldom paid that honour to any teepee except his own and that of the chief.

    The Fiery Totem Argyll Saxby
  • She grunted again and pointed over her shoulder to the teepee.

  • Sometimes a man's teepee is decorated in accordance with the standing of the owner.

    The Indian Today Charles A. Eastman
  • His teepee was beside the river, a little removed from the others.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • At the door of his teepee he picked up the two little carcasses and entered.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • She followed her into the teepee and unexpectedly seized and kissed her.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • They took his fore-lock and his teepee and his last string of wampum.

    The Prairie Child Arthur Stringer
  • The teepee of Mankato or Blue Earth was pitched in a conspicuous spot.

    Indian Child Life Charles A. Eastman
  • The teepee was small, but there I found a sick man who listened to the Word.

    Mary and I

    Stephen Return Riggs
  • A little cloud of white smoke was spiraling up from the door of a teepee.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for teepee

teepee

/ˈtiːpiː/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of tepee

tepee

/ˈtiːpiː/
noun
1.
a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians
Word Origin
C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for
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Word Origin and History for teepee

tepee

n.

1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."

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