Definitions for wampumˈwɒm pəm, ˈwɔm-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
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
boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum(noun)
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