- a member of any of several related Indian peoples living in the valleys of various Brazilian rivers, especially the Amazon.
- the language spoken in northern Brazil by the Tupi Indians.
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Afterwards this word was corrupted into Tupi, or Tupin, and Tape.The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555)
The Tupi word for dog is yaguara, and for wolf, yagua-men, or old dog.
When and where the Babel existed, whence the many branches of the great Tupi family separated, we know not.
And whatever the name may have signified in the language of the Red Bones, its Tupi definition fitted with disagreeable precision.The Pathless Trail
Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Among the linguistically distinct peoples found in the latter area are the Tupi, Arawaks, and Caribs.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
- plural -pis or -pi a member of a South American Indian people of Brazil and Paraguay
- the language of this people, belonging to the Tupi-Guarani family