Main definitions of pipa in English

: pipa1pipa2

pipa1

Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪpə//pɪˈpɑː//ˈpɪpə/

noun

  • another term for Suriname toad
    • ‘In Pipa, a secondarily aquatic frog, using alternate sets of histological sections, reveals that, apart from Jacobson's organ, this species has a ‘water-nose’ and an ‘air-nose’.’

Origin

Early 18th century: probably from Galibi.

Pronunciation:

pipa

/ˈpʌɪpə//pɪˈpɑː//ˈpɪpə/

Main definitions of pipa in English

: pipa1pipa2

pipa2

noun

  • A shallow-bodied, four-stringed Chinese instrument resembling a lute.

    • ‘If you wanna show off, then why don't you learn to play the pipa?’
    • ‘Three of the most popular instruments are the two-string violin, the lute, and the pipa.’
    • ‘Many Chinese people might have forgotten that pipa the traditional Chinese instrument, was actually introduced to China along the Silk Road.’
    • ‘Since '96, Montreal has been home to Fang, her pipa (the Chinese lute) and the stack of awards and honours she picked up in her native China.’
    • ‘The founder and musical director Khor Seng Chew emerged in music circles as the Malaysian national pipa champion, beating over 100 contestants.’

Origin

Chinese.

Pronunciation:

pipa

/ˈpiːpə/