wampum

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noun wam·pum \ˈwäm-pəm\

Definition of wampum

  1. 1 :  beads of polished shells strung in strands, belts, or sashes and used by North American Indians as money, ceremonial pledges, and ornaments

  2. 2 :  money

Examples of wampum in a Sentence

  1. made some real wampum on that last business deal

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Origin and Etymology of wampum

short for wampumpeag


WAMPUM Defined for English Language Learners

wampum

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Definition of wampum for English Language Learners

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


WAMPUM Defined for Kids

wampum

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noun wam·pum \ˈwäm-pəm\

Definition of wampum for Students

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


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