Meaning of wampum
Pronunciation: (wom'pum, wôm'-), [key]
- Also calledcylindrical beads made from shells, pierced and strung, used by North American Indians as a medium of exchange, for ornaments, and for ceremonial and sometimes spiritual purposes, esp. such beads when white but also including the more valuable black or dark-purple varieties.
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