nez perce

Nez Percé

[nez purs; French ney per-sey]
noun, plural Nez Percés [nez pur-siz; French ney per-sey] . (especially collectively) Nez Percé for 1.
1.
a member of a North American Indian people of the Sahaptin family.
2.
the Sahaptin language of the Nez Percé.

Origin:
1805–15; < French: literally, pierced nose

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Nez Percé (ˈnɛz ˈpɜːs, French ne pɛrse)
 
n , Nez Percés, Nez Percé
1.  a member of a North American Indian people of the Pacific coast, a tribe of the Sahaptin
2.  the Sahaptin language of this people
 
[French, literally: pierced nose]

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Nez Perce
native people of Idaho and vicinity, and their language, from Fr. Nez Percé, lit. "pierced nose." In ref. to an early custom of the people of wearing shell ornaments in pierced septums.
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