from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts, formerly used by certain Native American peoples as currency and jewelry or for ceremonial exchanges between groups. Also called peag.
- n. Informal Money.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Small beads made from polished shells, especially white ones, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples.
- n. Money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Beads made of shells, used by the North American Indians as money, and also wrought into belts, etc., as an ornament.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Small shell beads pierced and strung, used as money and for or nament by the North American Indians.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency
- n. informal terms for money
Short for wampumpeag.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviated from wampumpeag (from Narragansett); falsely analysed as ‘wampum’ + ‘peag’; from ‘wamp’ ("white") + ‘umpe’ ("string") + ‘ag’ (plural suffix), in reference to the string of white shell-beads and not the individual beads. (Wiktionary)