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tepee or tipi (both: tē´pē), typical dwelling of Native North Americans living on the Great Plains. It was usually made by arranging tent poles into a conical frame and spreading skins, usually buffalo hide, tightly over it. An aperture was generally left at the top for smoke. The tepee was sometimes very elaborately decorated. It was highly mobile, being dragged by a horse when the tribe was on the move, and provided a strong shelter against the weather; it was thus an ideal dwelling for the nomadic Plains area tribes such as the Sioux and the Blackfoot. Because of the adaptability of the tepee to prairie life, Gen. Henry Sibley used it as a model for the tent that bears his name.

See R. Laubin and G. Laubin, The Indian Tipi (1957, repr. 1971).

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tepee Fold-like structures developed in calcrete soil profiles, tidal areas, and the margins of salt lakes, due to the fluctuations in water levels and changes in chemical precipitation. Tepee structures are characterized by mineral horizons folded with pointed terminations to the anticlinal closure, resembling the form of a tepee tent.

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te·pee / ˈtēˌpē/ (also tee·pee or ti·pi) • n. a portable conical tent made of skins, cloth, or canvas on a frame of poles, used by American Indians of the Plains and Great Lakes regions.

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tepee A fold-like structure, shaped like a tepee tent, developed in a calcretesoil profile, tidal area, or the margin of a salt lake, caused by fluctuations in water levels and changes in chemical precipitation.

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tepee wigwam. XIX. of Siouan orig.

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