or tee·pee, ti·pi
- 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.
Origin of tepee
1735–45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix
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Sierra Vista was a far vaster affair than the tepee of Grey Beaver.
Nothing happened, though the adjacent portions of the tepee moved.
A mutter of voices in Pogosa's tepee interrupted his thought.
As he peered in at the tepee door Wetherell perceived Pogosa dimly.
Pogosa was waiting, squatted on the ground at some distance from her tepee.
- a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians
C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for
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Word Origin and History for tepee
1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."
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