- pl. -·mas or -·ma a member of a North American Indian people living in the Gila and Salt river valleys in Arizona
- the Uto-Aztecan language of this people
Origin of Pimafrom Spanish from Piman word for “no,” misunderstood and misapplied by missionaries
nounpl. Pima, or Pi·mas
- A member of a Native American people inhabiting south-central Arizona along the Gila and Salt Rivers.
- The Uto-Aztecan language of the Pima, closely related to O'odham.
Origin of PimaFrom American Spanish Pimahitos Pimas from obsolete Pima pimahaitu nothing (misunderstood by missionaries as an ethnic self-designation)