calumet

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Etymology[edit]

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 (kálamos).

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calumet (plural calumets)

  1. A clay tobacco-pipe used by American Indians, especially as a symbol of truce or peace.
    • 1922: THE CALUMET OF PEACE. He offered a cigarette to the professor and took one himself. — James Joyce, Ulysses

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