Pronunciation: (pī-OOt', pī'OOt), [key]
—pl. -utes, (esp. collectively) -ute.
1. a member of a group of North American Indians of the Uto-Aztecan family dwelling in California, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona.
2. either of two mutually unintelligible Uto-Aztecan languages (Northern Paiute and Southern Paiute). Also,Piute.
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