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calumet

[ kal-yuh-met, kal-yuh-met ]
/ ˈkæl yəˌmɛt, ˌkæl yəˈmɛt /
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noun

a long-stemmed, ornamented tobacco pipe used by North American Indians on ceremonial occasions, especially in token of peace.

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Also called peace pipe.

Origin of calumet

First recorded in 1710–20; from French, originally dialect (Norman, Picard): “pipe stem,” a by-form of French chalumeau “reed flute, stem of a reed,” with suffix altered to -et; see origin at chalumeau, -et
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British Dictionary definitions for calumet

calumet
/ (ˈkæljʊˌmɛt) /

noun

a less common name for peace pipe

Word Origin for calumet

C18: from Canadian French, from French (Normandy dialect): straw, from Late Latin calamellus a little reed, from Latin: calamus
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