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or teepee, tipi

[tee-pee] /ˈti pi/
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.
Compare lodge (def 9), wigwam
Origin of tepee
1735-45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix Unabridged
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  • For an hour after that he sat within the door of his tepee with the flap up, watching the road.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • Sometimes in an Indian tepee, but generally allers on the ground.

    Hope and Have Oliver Optic
  • This uproar woke up Drewyer and Lewis, who were in the tepee.

  • But I say it is wise, though not brave, to live in the tepee.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • But standing thus she gave us a good opportunity to take a survey of their tepee.

    To and Through Nebraska Frances I. Sims Fulton
  • Not till Stane addressed her did she take her eyes from the tepee.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • Thenceforth each captive was required to remain in a tepee wholly separated and isolated from the others.

    The Spirit Lake Massacre Thomas Teakle
  • Sierra Vista was a far vaster affair than the tepee of Grey Beaver.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The teacher asks you to tell about your pleasant life in a tepee in the woods, and why you are glad you are an Indian.

British Dictionary definitions for tepee


a cone-shaped tent of animal skins used by certain North American Indians
Word Origin
C19: from Siouan tīpī, from ti to dwell + pi used for
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Word Origin and History for tepee

1743, ti pee, from Dakota (Siouan) thipi "dwelling, house."

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