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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: wampumpeag 'wampum', from Narragansett, from wampan 'white' + api 'string' + -ag (plural suffix)

wampum

noun
     
Related topics: Anthropology
wam‧pum [uncountable]
SA shells put into strings, belts etc, used in the past as money by Native Americans

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