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wampum (n.)

string of seashell beads used as money by Native Americans, 1630s, shortened from New England Algonquian wampumpeag (1620s), "string of white (shell beads);" said to be compounded from wab "white" + ompe "string" + plural suffix -ag.

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Definitions of wampum from WordNet

wampum (n.)
informal terms for money;
Synonyms: boodle / bread / cabbage / clams / dinero / dough / gelt / kale / lettuce / lolly / lucre / loot / moolah / pelf / scratch / shekels / simoleons / sugar
wampum (n.)
small cylindrical beads made from polished shells and fashioned into strings or belts; used by certain Native American peoples as jewelry or currency;
Synonyms: peag / wampumpeag
From wordnet.princeton.edu