Pima

Pima

[pee-muh]
noun, plural Pimas (especially collectively) Pima for 1.
1.
a member of an Indian people of southern Arizona and northern Mexico.
2.
the Uto-Aztecan language of the Pima Indians, closely related to Papago.

Origin:
< American Spanish, earlier Pimahitos < 16th-cent. Pima (Spanish spelling) pimahaitu nothing

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