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  • n. A warm knitted jacket from the south-west of the USA.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as wammus.


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  • 'Yes, I expect I am; but that red wamus over yonder's redder' n ever now.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy.

  • I saw him suddenly pull the cape of his wamus over his face, and reasoned that he also had been attacked by these invisible insects.

    The Black Wolf Pack

  • Indian boy was his retainer because the porcupine quill decorations on his buckskin shirt had the same peculiar pattern as that on the wamus of the Wild Hunter himself as well as on the collar of the pet sheep I had killed, and also on the buckskin bag of gold.

    The Black Wolf Pack

  • At last he put his muffled mouth to my ear and shouted through the cape of his wamus.

    The Black Wolf Pack

  • * A wamus in old times was a very heavy woollen garment.

    The Romance of the Colorado River

  • Larkins's reply when criticised for wearing a wamus* in July.

    The Romance of the Colorado River

  • Jeff emerges like Diana from the bath an 'frales the wamus off me with a club.

    Wolfville Nights

  • "Want to buy any cabbages?" said the bad boy to the grocery man, as he stopped at the door of the grocery, dressed in a blue wamus, his breeches tucked in his boots, and an old hat on his head, with a hole that let out his hair through the top.

    The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883

  • To be sure the back-seats were free for the poor; but the emblazoned crimson of the windows, the carving of the arches, the very purity of the preacher's style, said plainly that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a man in a red wamus to enter the kingdom of heaven through that gate.

    Margret Howth, a Story of To-day

  • β€œHe’s mighty slender, quick and purty β€” but so also be a rattlesnake!” he exclaimed, as another arrow slit the sleeve of his wamus as cleanly as if it were cut with a knife.

    The Black Wolf Pack


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  • A good coat need not be enormous
    But cite for a still doubting thomas:
    Pioneers braved the storm
    While still keeping warm
    With only the short humble wamus.

    April 17, 2016