tepee

[tee-pee]
noun
a tent of the American Indians, made usually from animal skins laid on a conical frame of long poles and having an opening at the top for ventilation and a flap door.
Also, teepee, tipi.
Compare lodge ( def 9 ), wigwam.


Origin:
1735–45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix

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tepee or teepee (ˈtiːpiː)
 
n
a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians
 
[C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for]
 
teepee or teepee
 
n
 
[C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for]

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tepee
1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."
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Example sentences
He lived in a tepee for months at a time during his early years of climbing.
Around the grounds are a sleep-in tepee and an in-ground trampoline.
To use a tree stump as part of the base, lean large limbs against it in a tepee fashion.
Sites are numbered and marked with yellow signs displaying a tepee.
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