Etymology
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Nez Perce

native people of Idaho and vicinity, and their language, from French Nez Percé, literally "pierced nose." In reference to an early custom of the people of wearing shell ornaments in pierced septums.

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Definitions of Nez Perce

Nez Perce (n.)
a member of a tribe of the Shahaptian people living on the pacific coast;
Nez Perce (n.)
the Shahaptian language spoken by the Nez Perce;
From wordnet.princeton.edu