American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. White shell beads used as wampum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Strings of (originally white) wampum formerly used as tokens of value by the American In dians, and by the whites, especially in trade with the Indians.
- n. obsolete wampum
- n. small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency
- From a Narragansett word, from wap ‘white’ + umpe ‘string’ + -ag plural suffix. (Wiktionary)
- Massachusett. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They were called wampumpeag, were sewed on deer or other fine skins, and the belts thus made were used to emphasize points in negotiation or in treaties, or in speeches.”
“And the year before that, he came in third having tripped up on the word "wampumpeag," a string of polished beads or shells.”
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