Main definitions of pipa in English

: pipa1pipa2

pipa1

Pronunciation /ˈpiːpə//ˈpʌɪpə//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

/ˈpiːpə//ˈpʌɪpə//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?’
    • ‘Many Chinese people might have forgotten that pipa the traditional Chinese instrument, was actually introduced to China along the Silk Road.’
    • ‘Three of the most popular instruments are the two-string violin, the lute, and the pipa.’
    • ‘The founder and musical director Khor Seng Chew emerged in music circles as the Malaysian national pipa champion, beating over 100 contestants.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Chinese.

Pronunciation

pipa

/ˈpiːpə/