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[pee-pah] /ˈpiˈpɑ/
a short-necked fretted lute of Chinese origin.
Origin of pi-pa
1840-50; < Chinese píba or pípa lute (literally, loquat, which it resembles in shape) Unabridged
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  • In some Anura such as pipa and Hyla the number of sternal elements is considerably reduced.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
  • But no batrachian patience is as curious as that of the pipa toad.

  • I hope pipa Lannu will agree with her health—the stuck-up minx—I do!

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • Do you believe then that my poor girl has been carried off by Nikola to this island called pipa Lannu?

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • And how did Nikola treat you during the voyage and your stay on pipa Lannu?

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • The skull of pipa is abnormal, being greatly flattened and containing little cartilage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for pipa


a tongueless South American toad, Pipa pipa, that carries its young in pits in the skin of its back
Word Origin
C18: from Surinam dialect, probably of African origin
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