Nez PercéNez Perce
or Nez′ Per′ce′
- pl. Nez Percé, Nez Percés, Nez Perce, Nez Perces a member of a North American Indian people living in Idaho, Washington, and Oregon
- the Sahaptian language of this people
Origin of Nez PercéFr, literally , pierced nose: from early reports of the practice of nose piercing by peoples in the same area
also Nez Per·cé
nounpl. Nez Perce, or Nez Per·ces also Nez Percé or Nez Per·cés
- A member of 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.
- The Sahaptian language of the Nez Perce.
Origin of Nez PerceFrench Nez-Percé nez nose percé past participle of percer to pierce ( on the model of Nez Perce cú·pn'itpel'u· ) ( cú·pn'it piercing ) ( -pel'u· people ) ( from the nasal septum piercing practiced by the Nez Perce up to the early 1800s )