wampum

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Etymology[edit]

Clipped from wampumpeag (from Narragansett; compare the opposite clipping peag), which is a compound of wamp, wompi (white) + umpe (string) + -ag (plural suffix), and referred to the string of white shell-beads rather than the individual beads.

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wampum (countable and uncountable, plural wampums or wampum)

  1. Small beads made from polished shells, especially white ones, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples.
  2. (slang) Money.

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