Definition of Nez Percé in English:

Nez Percé

Syllabification: Nez Per·cé
Pronunciation: /ˌnez ˈpərz, pərˈsā
 
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noun (plural same or Nez Percés)

1A member of an American Indian people of central Idaho, northeastern Oregon, and southeastern Washington.
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  • However, on 5th October, 1877, the Nez Percé were surrounded by troops only 30 miles from the Canadian border.
  • The time was the early 1850s, when, a young man, he was with his brother and a party of fellow Nez Percés numbering eight or nine in the Wallowa country.
  • The Shahaptan family of Scouler comprised three tribes - the Shahaptan or Nez Percés, the Kliketat, a scion of the Shahaptan, dwelling near Mount Ranier, and the Okanagan, inhabiting the upper part of Fraser River and its tributaries.
2The Sahaptian language of the Nez Percé.
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  • Because Nez Percé subjects and objects carry morphemes revealing their function in the sentence, the word order can be quite free.
  • Often, it was necessary to "invent" a new word in Nez Perce when no equivalent existed.

adjective

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Relating to the Nez Percé or their language.
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  • To understand the Nez Perce people you must first understand their landscape.
  • Introduction of the horse became a defining characteristic for Nez Perce culture.

Origin

French, literally 'pierced nose'.

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