Tupi

noun
Tu·​pi | \ tü-ˈpē How to pronounce Tupi (audio) , ˈtü-(ˌ)pē- \
variants: or less commonly Tupí
plural Tupi or Tupis also Tupí or Tupís

Definition of Tupi

2 : a language family of lowland South America that includes Tupi-Guarani and the speech of a number of other peoples living mainly in Brazil south of the Amazon River

Other Words from Tupi

Tupian \ tü-​ˈpē-​ən How to pronounce Tupian (audio) , ˈtü-​(ˌ)pē-​ \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of Tupi

1842, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tupi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tupi. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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