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[pap-uh-goh, pah-puh-] /ˈpæp əˌgoʊ, ˈpɑ pə-/
noun, plural Papagos (especially collectively) Papago for 1.
a member of a North American Indian people closely related to the Pima and now living mainly in southern Arizona and northwestern Mexico.
the Uto-Aztecan language of the Papago Indians, closely related to Pima.
Origin of Papago
< Spanish pápago, earlier papabo(s), shortening of papabi-ootam < Pima-Papago bá·bawĭ-ʔóʔodham Papago(s), equivalent to bá·bawĭ tepary beans + ʔóʔodham Piman Unabridged
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  • The Papago chiefs were my old friends and acquaintances, and received the priests with fireworks and illuminations.

  • But he was just as happy that he had not killed the second Papago too.

    The Story of Geronimo James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Then, before you know it, you are in the Papago Indian Reserve.

  • Nadeze was far more respectful since Geronimo had slain the Papago.

    The Story of Geronimo James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Before twenty-four hours the gossip was being 170 whispered in the most distant caons of Papago County.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • In the meantime he had taken up with a Papago girl, to the scandal of the tribe.

  • The Papago started on a swinging walk a little north of west, the Doc following.

    Dust of the Desert Robert Welles Ritchie
  • Juan, a Papago Indian, presided over quite a settlement of his people.

  • He had come 174 to Papago County a few years before, and had bought the place from an earlier settler.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • One or two Papago Indians, with their pottery wares, squatted in the shade of the buildings, but otherwise the plaza was deserted.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine

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