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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.]
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(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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