wig·​wam | \ˈwig-ˌwäm \

Definition of wigwam 

: a hut of the American Indians of the Great Lakes region and eastward having typically an arched framework of poles overlaid with bark, mats, or hides also : a rough hut

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Learn how the French voyageurs and Potawatomi were connected, feel a beaver pelt, see canoes built of birch bark and walk inside a wigwam. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Upcoming summer events for the south suburbs," 13 May 2018 The wigwam will serve as an indoor classroom where students can learn about Native Americans, said Nan Buckardt, director of education for the forest preserve district. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Life-sized dinosaur, wigwam and hands-on experiences featured at new Lake County museum," 25 Mar. 2018 Also in the museum is a wigwam created with help from Native American tribe members. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Life-sized dinosaur, wigwam and hands-on experiences featured at new Lake County museum," 25 Mar. 2018 In a prescient nod to future gender controversies, our Pocahontas was played by a gorgeous little boy who would have brightened any number of wigwams. Christine M. Flowers, Philly.com, "Girl Scouts have every right to be mad about new Boy Scouts rule | Christine Flowers," 12 Oct. 2017 Consider the repercussions when Achille Sel, who still follows Micmac lifeways, returns from a sojourn into the uncut northern forests and finds his wigwam burned, his wife murdered by English soldiers. William T. Vollmann, New York Times, "Review: Annie Proulx’s ‘Barkskins’ Is an Epic Tale of Logging and Doom JUNE 16, 2016," 17 June 2016

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First Known Use of wigwam

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wigwam

Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm house

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English Language Learners Definition of wigwam

: a round tent that was used in the past by Native Americans as a house or shelter


wig·​wam | \ˈwig-ˌwäm \

Kids Definition of wigwam

: a dome-shaped hut formerly used as a house or shelter by some American Indians

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