from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. White shell beads used as wampum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. wampum

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Strings of (originally white) wampum formerly used as tokens of value by the American In dians, and by the whites, especially in trade with the Indians.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a Narragansett word, from wap ‘white’ + umpe ‘string’ + -ag plural suffix. (Wiktionary)



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