wampum

Part of speech: noun

Beads formed of shells strung on threads, formerly used by the American Indians as currency, and worn also as ornaments.

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Usage examples "wampum":

  1. " A fine boy, Wampum is. - "The Shagganappi", E. Pauline Johnson.
  2. " Me say 'em quickest," cried little Wampum. - "Captain Horace", Sophie May.
  3. They put all kinds of silver trinkets on the head, and many belts of wampum or shell beads on it. - "Stories of American Life and Adventure", Edward Eggleston.