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wampum

noun wam·pum \ˈwäm-pəm\

: beads, polished shells, etc., used in the past by Native Americans as money and decorations

Full Definition of WAMPUM

1
:  beads of polished shells strung in strands, belts, or sashes and used by North American Indians as money, ceremonial pledges, and ornaments
2
:  money

Examples of WAMPUM

  1. <made some real wampum on that last business deal>

Origin of WAMPUM

short for wampumpeag
First Known Use: 1636

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