a short-necked fretted lute of Chinese origin.

Origin of pi-pa

1840–50; < Chinese píba or pípa lute (literally, loquat, which it resembles in shape)
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Historical Examples of pipa

  • And how did Nikola treat you during the voyage and your stay on Pipa Lannu?

  • I hope Pipa Lannu will agree with her health—the stuck-up minx—I do!

  • But no batrachian patience is as curious as that of the pipa toad.

  • The skull of Pipa is abnormal, being greatly flattened and containing little cartilage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In some Anura such as Pipa and Hyla the number of sternal elements is considerably reduced.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for pipa



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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