or sea·want se·wan

[see-wuh n]

Origin of seawan

1620–30, Americanism; < New York Dutch sewan, zeewan, zeewant, etc. < Munsee Delaware *sé·wan unstrung wampum, literally, that which is in a scattered state, derivative of se·(w)- scatter(ed) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for seawan



  1. shell beads, usually unstrung, used by certain North American Indians as money; wampum

Word Origin for seawan

C18: from Narraganset seawohn loose
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