wetu

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Massachusett wetu.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

wetu ‎(plural wetus or wetu)

  1. (US) A dwelling, a domed hut similar to a wigwam, used by some Native Americans in the northeastern United States, especially the Wampanoag.
    • 2001, Donald M. Silver, Patricia J. Wynne, The Pilgrims, the Mayflower & more; grades 1-3, page 17:
      Wetus ranged in size between about 10 to 15 feet in diameter. As many as ten people lived inside.
    • 2003, Janet Riehecky, The Wampanoag: The People of the First Light, page 13:
      To make a wetu, the Wampanoag set poles made from cedar saplings into the ground. They bent the poles over and covered them with cattail reeds or bark. A wetu was either circular or oval. Most wetu were about 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) []
    • 2005, Janey Levy, The Wampanoag of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, page 22:
      Wetus were commonly about 12 feet (3.7 m) wide and 14 to 20 feet (4.3 to 6.1 m) long. Sometimes three or four families shared a single house. These wetus could be up to 100 feet (30.4 m) long and 30 feet (9.1 m) wide.
    • 2008, Frances H. Kennedy, American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook, page 31:
      In one corner of the village a man is emerging from a sweat-house; in the village's center a child sleeps in a wetu while a little boy on the roof hides from his dog, their only domesticated animal. A woman in mourning speaks to the sachem.

See also[edit]

  • other traditional Native American dwellings:
    • hogan (used by the Navajo in the southwestern United States)
    • igloo (used by the Inuit, made of snow)
    • teepee (used in the Great Plains)
    • tupik (used by the Inuit during the summer)
    • wetu (used by the Wampanoag in the northeastern United States)
    • wickiup (used in the southwestern and western United States)
    • wigwam (used in the northeastern United States)

Massachusett[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Revived) IPA(key): /ˈwiːˈtʲuː/

Noun[edit]

wetu

  1. dwelling

Polish[edit]

Noun[edit]

wetu

  1. dative singular of weto

Swahili[edit]

Adjective[edit]

wetu

  1. M class inflected form of -etu.
  2. U class inflected form of -etu.
  3. Wa class inflected form of -etu.