pi-pa

[ pee-pah ]
/ ˈpiˈpɑ /

noun

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

pipa
/ (ˈpiːpə) /

noun

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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