from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A clay tobacco-pipe used by American Indians, especially as a symbol of truce or peace.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of pipe, used by the North American Indians for smoking tobacco. The bowl is usually made of soft red stone, and the tube is a long reed often ornamented with feathers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of tobacco-pipe used by the Indians of North America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a highly decorated ceremonial pipe of Amerindians; smoked on ceremonial occasions (especially as a token of peace)
Canadian French, from French dialectal, straw, from Late Latin calamellus, diminutive of Latin calamus, reed, from Greek kalamos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a Norman variant of Old French chalumeau (imported to Canada with Norman colonists), from Latin calamellus, diminutive of calamus ("reed"), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος. (Wiktionary)