A traditional dwelling of Indian peoples of E North America, consisting typically of a dome-shaped framework of poles covered with rush mats or sheets of bark.
Webster's New World
(possibly dated) Any more or less similar dwelling used by indigenous people in other parts of the world.
Other Word Forms of Wigwam
Origin of Wigwam
From Western Abenaki wigwôm or Eastern Abenaki (Penobscot) wigwom (both meaning "house"), from the same Proto-Algonquian root *wi·kiwa·ʔmi (“house") as Fox (Sauk) owîki (“her or his house"). Related to wickiup.
Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm from Proto-Algonquian wi·kiwa·ʔmi
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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