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
Examples of wampum in a Sentence
made some real wampum on that last business deal
Recent Examples of wampum from the Web
Look at the aboriginal ways, from visual expression to the wampum belt, dances and oral storytelling.
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Origin and Etymology of wampum
short for wampumpeag
First Known Use: 1636See Words from the same year
WAMPUM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of wampum for Students
: beads made of shells and once used for money or ornament by North American Indians
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