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Nez Percé

[nez purs; French ney per-sey] /ˈnɛz ˈpɜrs; French neɪ pɛrˈseɪ/
noun, plural Nez Percés
[nez pur-siz; French ney per-sey] /ˈnɛz ˈpɜr sɪz; French neɪ pɛrˈseɪ/ (Show IPA).
(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
1805-1815
1805-15; < French: literally, pierced nose
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Nez Percé

/ˈnɛz ˈpɜːs; French ne pɛrse/
noun
1.
(pl) Nez Percés (ˈpɜːsɪz; French) (pɛrse), Nez Percé. a member of a North American Indian people of the Pacific coast, a tribe of the Sahaptin
2.
the Sahaptin language of this people
Word Origin
French, literally: pierced nose
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Word Origin and History for nez perce
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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