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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.
- IPA: /ˈwɒmpəm/
- Small beads made from polished shells, especially white ones, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples.
- (informal) Money.
- (white shells): suckanhock (black shells)