Definition of calumet
: a highly ornamented ceremonial pipe of the American Indians
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The calumet has long been an important component of the ceremonies of Native American groups, but the first inhabitants of the Americas did not give the venerated pipe (also known as the "peace pipe") that name. English speakers borrowed "calumet" from American French, which had carried it from the dialects of France to North America. "Chalumet," the French ancestor of "calumet," traces to the Latin calamus and the Greek kalamos, both of which mean "reed" or "pen." French baron Louis-Armand de Lom d'Arce La Hontan, who explored North America in the 17th century, noted that French speakers had applied "calumet" to the highly ornamented clay pipes of Native Americans by the 1670s; English speakers followed suit before the turn of that century.
Origin and Etymology of calumet
American French, from French dialect, pipe stem, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus reed — more at calamus
First Known Use: 1698
Definition of Calumet
industrial region NW Indiana & NE Illinois SE of & adjacent to Chicago including cities of E. Chicago, Gary, & Hammond, Indiana, & Calumet City & Lansing, Illinois
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