Definition of piai in English:

piai

(also peai)

noun

rare, historical
  • Among the indigenous peoples of Suriname and other parts of South America: a medicine man, a healer, a shaman.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Harcourt (?1575–1631), colonial adventurer and author. From a northern Cariban language (compare e.g. Macusi piai, Galibi piaye (A. Biet Voyage en Cayenne iii. 385)).

Pronunciation

piai

/piːˈʌɪ/