wampum

noun
wam·pum | \ˈwäm-pəm \

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

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Synonyms for wampum

Synonyms

bread [slang], bucks, cash, change, chips, coin, currency, dough, gold, green, jack [slang], legal tender, lucre, money, pelf, tender

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Examples of wampum in a Sentence

made some real wampum on that last business deal

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The Iroquois documented the border on their wampum as a white line between two black ones. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "Exploring America's Forgotten Border," 1 June 2018 Grinding corn and making No-Ke-Hick to eat, making wampum belts, studying pelts, tracking animals, and trying their hand at hunting games gave the kids a taste of what life might have been like for indigenous people hundreds of years ago. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Learning About Native Americans At Pomfret Audubon Center," 24 Apr. 2018 Look at the aboriginal ways, from visual expression to the wampum belt, dances and oral storytelling. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "A College Built for Canadian Settlers Envisions an Indigenous Future," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of wampum

1636, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wampum

short for wampumpeag

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wampum

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wampum

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

wampum

noun
wam·pum | \ˈwäm-pəm \

Kids Definition of wampum

: beads made of shells and once used for money or ornament by North American Indians

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