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seawan

or sea·want, se·wan

[ see-wuhn ]
/ ˈsi wən /
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noun
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Origin of seawan

First recorded in 1620–30, Americanism; from New York Dutch sewan, zeewan, zeewant, etc., from Munsee Delaware *sé·wan “unstrung wampum,” literally, “that which is in a scattered state,” derivative of se·(w)- “scatter(ed)”
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British Dictionary definitions for seawan

seawan

sewan

/ (ˈsiːwən) /

noun
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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