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White shell beads used as wampum.
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wam•pum(ˈwɒm pəm, ˈwɔm-)
1. cylindrical beads made from shells, pierced and strung, used by North American Indians as a medium of exchange, for ornaments, and for ceremonial and spiritual purposes.
2. Informal. money.
[1630–40; short for wampumpeag]
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|Noun||1.||wampumpeag - small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency|
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