What does wampum mean?

Definitions for wampumˈwɒm pəm, ˈwɔm-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boodle, bread, cabbage, clams, dinero, dough, gelt, kale, lettuce, lolly, lucre, loot, moolah, pelf, scratch, shekels, simoleons, sugar, wampum(noun)

    informal terms for money

  2. 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


  1. wampum(Noun)

    Small beads made from polished shells, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples.

  2. wampum(Noun)


  3. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wampum(noun)

    beads made of shells, used by the North American Indians as money, and also wrought into belts, etc., as an ornament

  2. Origin: [North American Indian wampum, wompam, from the Mass. wmpi, Del. wpe, white.]


  1. Wampum

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wampum

    wom′pum, n. the North American Indian name for shells or beads used as money.—Wampum peag (wom′pum pēg), lit. 'white strung beads,' strings of wampum.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wampum in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wampum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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