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tepee

[tee-pee] /ˈti pi/
noun
1.
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
1735-1745
1735-45, Americanism; < Dakota tʰípi, equivalent to tʰí- to dwell + -pi plural indefinite abstract noun suffix
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Examples from the web for tepee
  • 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.
  • Smaller trees and brush should be piled on top of the base until a mound or tepee-shaped brush pile is created.
  • 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.
  • Smaller branches are then laid against this bottom structure or foundation in a tepee-fashion.
British Dictionary definitions for tepee

tepee

/ˈtiːpiː/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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