pi·​pa | \ ˈpēpə \

Definition of pipa

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 plural -s : surinam toad
2 capitalized [New Latin, from Dutch pipa] : a genus of toads comprising solely the Surinam toad


noun (2)
\ ˈpēˈpä \
plural -s

Definition of pi-pa (Entry 2 of 2)

: a 4-stringed Chinese musical instrument plucked like a guitar and having a large body resembling a lute and a neck with 12 or more frets that leads into the body

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History and Etymology for pipa

Noun (1)

Dutch, from Galibi

Noun (2)

Chinese (Pekingese) p'i2 p'a1

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“Pipa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipa. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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