Origin of wampum
Examples from the Web for wampum
America with lakes of lucre, waves of wampum, a Superstorm Sandy of simoleons, a Hurricane Katrina of cash.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw|P. J. O’Rourke|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the seventeenth century Indian money (wampum) was much used by the colonists, especially in their trade with the Indians.
If on some strange coast we should meet simple-minded people who have only wampum, perhaps even then we might make a trade.The Gentle Reader|Samuel McChord Crothers
Don't deliberate; but remove away, and take this Belt of Wampum.'The History of the Five Indian Nations of Canada|Cadwallader Colden
Word Origin for wampum
1630s, shortened from wampumpeag (1620s), from Algonquian (probably Narragansett) wanpanpiak "string of white (shell beads)," from wab "white" + ompe "string" + plural suffix -ag.
Beads made from polished shells that some Native Americans once used as money and jewelry.