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[pee-muh] /ˈpi mə/
noun, plural Pimas (especially collectively) Pima for 1.
a member of an Indian people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
the Uto-Aztecan language of the Pima Indians, closely related to Papago.
Origin of Pima
< American Spanish, earlier Pimahitos < 16th-cent. Pima (Spanish spelling) pimahaitu nothing Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Not crazy, you know, not a lunatic or dangerous, but just jarred from Pima man back to Yaqui child.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "The Pima word for green and blue is the same," Doctor Fewkes writes me.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • That some of these unrepresented forms of speech belong to the same class with the Pima, Hiaqui, &c., is nearly certain.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • The Pima do not call themselves Pima, but O-otam, "men," "people."

  • He talked quite a while in the Pima tongue, in an earnest, spirited manner.

Word Origin and History for Pima

Uto-Aztecan people of Arizona, from Spanish, probably from native pi ma:c "(I) don't know," given in answer to some question long ago and mistaken by the Spaniards as a tribal name. Related: Piman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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