One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two edible marine bivalve molluscs native to New Zealand.
Amphidesma australe (family Amphidesmatidae) and Chione stutchburyi (family Veneridae)
- ‘They also collected seagull eggs, fresh water lobster, whitebait, pipi, mussels, fat hen and watercress.’
- ‘I hasten to add that this is not some small time ‘take 100 pipis when your limit is 50 ‘breach of the law that one normally associates with obstructing the work of a fisheries officer.’’
- ‘Two related New Zealand species are the tuatua and the pipi.’
- ‘The issues that I would like to focus on are the geoducks and whelks to start off with, and cockles and pipi.’
- ‘All the helpless pipi could do, was spurt a feeble squirt of water and die between your teeth.’
Mid 19th century: from Maori.
- variant spelling of pee-pee
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