Calumet definition

kălyə-mĕt, -mĭt, kălyə-mĕt
A long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples.
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A major industrial region of northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana on Lake Michigan adjacent to Chicago.
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A long-stemmed ceremonial pipe smoked by North American Indians as a token of peace, at sacrifices, etc.
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A clay tobacco-pipe used by American Indians, especially as a symbol of truce or peace.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
calumet
Plural:
calumets

Origin of calumet

  • Canadian French from French dialectal straw from Late Latin calamellus diminutive of Latin calamus reed from Greek kalamos

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From a Norman variant of Old French chalumeau (imported to Canada with Norman colonists), from Latin calamellus, diminutive of calamus (“reed”), from Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kalamos).

    From Wiktionary