calumet

noun

cal·​u·​met ˈkal-yə-ˌmet How to pronounce calumet (audio)
-mət
: a highly ornamented ceremonial pipe of the American Indians

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calumet was in 1698

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Cite this Entry

“Calumet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calumet. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition

Calumet

geographical name

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