calumet

noun
cal·​u·​met | \ ˈkal-yə-ˌmet How to pronounce calumet (audio) , -mət \

Definition of calumet

: a highly ornamented ceremonial pipe of the American Indians

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First Known Use of calumet

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for calumet

American French, from French dialect, pipe stem, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus reed — more at calamus

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“Calumet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calumet. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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Calumet geographical name

Cal·​u·​met | \ ˈkal-yə-ˌmet How to pronounce Calumet (audio) , -mət \

Definition of Calumet

industrial region of northwestern Indiana and northeastern Illinois southeast of and adjacent to Chicago including the cities of East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond, Indiana, and Calumet City and Lansing, Illinois

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