a member of any of several related Indian peoples living in the valleys of various Brazilian rivers, especially the Amazon.
the language that was spoken in northern Brazil by the Tupi Indians, now extinct but formerly used as a lingua franca in Brazil during the 16th to 19th centuries.
- Tu·pi·an, adjective
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How to use Tupi in a sentence
Among the linguistically distinct peoples found in the latter area are the Tupi, Arawaks, and Caribs.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
Afterwards this word was corrupted into Tupi, or Tupin, and Tape.The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555) | Ulrich Schmidt
Martius1527 has since indicated, in the Tupi language of Brazil, the names pacoba or bacoba.Origin of Cultivated Plants | Alphonse De Candolle
Pane gives at least two words which are pure Tupi, and not Arawack.The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations | Daniel G. Brinton
There is reason, however, to suppose one of them was the Tupi or lengua geral, of Brazil.The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations | Daniel G. Brinton
British Dictionary definitions for Tupi
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
- Tupian, adjective
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