Heishi Definition

A small polished bead, often of shell or stone, especially a small flat disk that can be strung with others of uniform size to form a smooth cylindrical strand.
American Heritage
Tiny, polished disks or beads made from the shells of clams, oysters, abalone, etc., or from semiprecious stones, and strung to form necklaces.
Webster's New World

Origin of Heishi

  • From Keresan hishi shell, shell beads

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

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