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or Tu·pí

[too-pee, too-pee]
noun, plural Tu·pis, (especially collectively) Tu·pi for 1.
  1. a member of any of several related Indian peoples living in the valleys of various Brazilian rivers, especially the Amazon.
  2. the language spoken in northern Brazil by the Tupi Indians.
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Related formsTu·pi·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tupi

Historical Examples

  • Afterwards this word was corrupted into Tupi, or Tupin, and Tape.

    The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555)

    Ulrich Schmidt

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for tupi


  1. plural -pis or -pi a member of a South American Indian people of Brazil and Paraguay
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Tupi-Guarani family
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Derived FormsTupian, adjective
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