Definitions for wampumˈwɒm pəm, ˈwɔm-
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wam•pumˈwɒm pəm, ˈwɔm-(n.)
cylindrical beads made from shells, pierced and strung, used by North American Indians as a medium of exchange, for ornaments, and for ceremonial and spiritual purposes.
Origin of wampum:
1630–40; short for wampumpeag
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informal terms for money
wampum, peag, wampumpeag(noun)
small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency
Small beads made from polished shells, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples.
Origin: Abbreviated from wampumpeag; falsely analysed as ‘wampum’ + ‘peag’; from ‘wamp’ ("white") + ‘umpe’ ("string") + ‘ag’ (plural suffix), in reference to the string of white shell-beads and not the individual beads.
beads made of shells, used by the North American Indians as money, and also wrought into belts, etc., as an ornament
Wampum are traditional sacred shell beads of the Eastern Woodlands tribes of the indigenous people of North America. Wampum include the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell; and the white and purple beads made from the quahog, or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam. Woven belts of wampum have been created to commemorate treaties or historical events, and for exchange in personal social transactions, such as marriages. In colonial North America, European colonists often used wampum as currency for trading with Native Americans.
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