1. Word forms: plural Nez Percé, Nez Percés, Nez Perce, Nez Perces (ˈnɛz ˈpɜrsɪz
; nezˈ pʉrˈsiz; ˈnɛz pərˈseɪz
; nezˈ pərsāzˈ; French neɪpɛʀˈseɪ; nāpersāˈ)
the Sahaptian language of this people
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Word origin of 'Nez Percé'Fr, lit., pierced nose: from early reports of the practice of nose piercing by peoples
in the same area