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wigwam

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noun wig·wam \ˈwig-ˌwäm\

Simple Definition of wigwam

  • : a round tent that was used in the past by Native Americans as a house or shelter

Full Definition of wigwam

  1. :  a hut of the American Indians of the Great Lakes region and eastward having typically an arched framework of poles overlaid with bark, mats, or hides; also :  a rough hut

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Origin of wigwam

Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm house


First Known Use: 1628


WIGWAM Defined for Kids

wigwam

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noun wig·wam \ˈwig-ˌwäm\

Definition of wigwam

  1. :  a dome-shaped hut formerly used as a house or shelter by some American Indians




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