Other Word Forms of Wampum
Origin of Wampum
From wampumpeag (from Narragansett), due to Europeans' mistaken interpretation of the term as a compound of "˜wampum' + "˜peag'; it is, in fact, a compound of wamp, wompi (“white") + umpe (“string") + -ag (plural suffix), in reference to the string of white shell-beads and not the individual beads.
Short for wampumpeag
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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