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A four- or five-stringed Chinese lute.

[Mandarin pípá, from Early Middle Chinese bji baı̷, of Iranian origin; akin to Persian barbaṭ, a kind of lute, from Middle Persian barbut; perhaps akin to Greek barbitos, a kind of large cithara.]


(Animals) a tongueless South American toad, Pipa pipa, that carries its young in pits in the skin of its back
[C18: from Surinam dialect, probably of African origin]
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Noun1.pipa - type genus of the PipidaePipa - type genus of the Pipidae    
amphibian genus - any genus of amphibians
family Pipidae, Pipidae - tongueless frogs
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Tony Pipa said he is hopeful, "I think this is an incredibly optimistic moment.
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I am happy to report that $5 million was invested into the PIPA Trust Fund through matching gifts raised and secured by CI and the Government of Kiribati.
The distinctly Chinese sound of ancient instruments including the bamboo flute and pipa are bathed in a rich sea of Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass.
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CEA website goes dark today: CEA urges Senate to delay PIPA markup and seeks support for OPEN Act The CEA home page is under a 24-hour blackout in protest of proposed legislation -- the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate.
SOPA and PIPA, in contrast, would enable content owners to take down an entire website, even if just one page on it carried infringing content, and imposed sanctions after accusations -- not requiring a conviction.
and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, on Friday announced indefinite postponement of votes on controversial anti-piracy legislation known as the Protect Intellectual Property Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, or PIPA and SOPA.
But what's remarkable is that the protest isn't simply coming from a handful of politicians, it's also coming from a wide variety of artists, including many who regularly appear in Pop Culture Notebook, such as author Neil Gaiman, Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer, Adam Savage of "MythBusters," Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor and members of OK Go, Nada Surf, Public Enemy and more, who all signed an open letter to Washington about their PIPA and SOPA concerns.
and PIPA, and we will continue to oppose any laws that will hurt the internet.
The answer lies in two acronyms - SOPA and PIPA - that could have a huge impact on the internet.
we simply cannot ignore the fact that Sopa and Pipa endanger free speech both in the United States and abroad, and set a frightening precedent of Internet censorship for the world.