[ pee-pah ]
/ ˈpiˈpɑ /
a short-necked fretted lute of Chinese origin.
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Origin of pi-pa
1840–50; <Chinese píba or pípa lute (literally, loquat, which it resembles in shape)
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British Dictionary definitions for pi-pa
/ (ˈpiːpə) /
a tongueless South American toad, Pipa pipa, that carries its young in pits in the skin of its back
Word Origin for pipa
C18: from Surinam dialect, probably of African origin
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