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Nez Perce  audio  (nz pûrs, ns) KEY  also Nez Per·cé  (pr-s) KEY 

NOUN:
pl. Nez Perce or Nez Per·ces  (pûrsz) KEY  also Nez Percé or Nez Per·cés  (-sz) KEY 
    1. A Native American people formerly inhabiting the lower Snake River and its tributaries in western Idaho, northeast Oregon, and southeast Washington, with present-day populations in western Idaho and northeast Washington.
    2. A member of this people.
  1. The Sahaptian language of the Nez Perce.

ETYMOLOGY:
French Nez-Percé : nez, nose + percé, past participle of percer, to pierce


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