- a long-stemmed, ornamented tobacco pipe used by North American Indians on ceremonial occasions, especially in token of peace.
Origin of calumet
Examples from the Web for calumet
More pounds of Calumet are sold than of any other brand of baking powder.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
They smoke in the calumet of peace, and are friends because you wish them to be so.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
He developed and put the Calumet and Hecla on a paying basis.The Man from the Bitter Roots
La Salle, as bold as he was humane, advanced alone to meet them, presenting the calumet.
Father Hennepin stood up in his boat and in his hands extended toward the savages, the calumet of peace.
- a less common name for peace pipe
Word Origin and History for calumet
1660s, from Canadian French calumet, from Norman French calumet "pipe" (Old French chalemel, 12c., Modern French chalumeau), from Latin calamellus, diminutive of calamus "reed; something made of reed or shaped like a reed" (see shawm).