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Glossary of Anthropology Terms
beginning with letter W
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wampum Tweet Definition of wampum Like Definition of wampum on Facebook
noun(uncountable)
  1. Small beads made from polished shells, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples
  2. (informal) Money
war bonnet Tweet Definition of war bonnet Like Definition of war bonnet on Facebook
noun
  1. A ceremonial headdress, decorated with a trail extension of eagle feathers, worn by by some American Indians
warlock Tweet Definition of warlock Like Definition of warlock on Facebook
noun
  1. The male equivalent of witch.
  2. (obsolete) A traitor or oath-breaker.
  3. (obsolete) The Devil, Satan; a demon.
  4. (originally Scotland and Northern UK) A man in league with the Devil; a male magic-user, a wizard.
warpath Tweet Definition of warpath Like Definition of warpath on Facebook
noun
  1. a course of action that leads to battle or hostility
wickiup Tweet Definition of wickiup Like Definition of wickiup on Facebook
noun
  1. a domed hut, similar to a wigwam, used by some semi-nomadic Native American tribes.
    • 1992: At that time there were still indians camped on the western plains and late in the day he passed in his riding a scattered group of their wickiups propped upon that scoured and trembling waste. " Cormac McCarthy?, All the Pretty Horses
widow Tweet Definition of widow Like Definition of widow on Facebook
noun
  1. A woman whose husband has died (and has not re-married)
  2. (informal, in combination) A woman whose husband is often away pursuing a sport etc
    • A golf-
      1. (printing) a single line of type, that ends a paragraph, carried over to the next page or column
widower Tweet Definition of widower Like Definition of widower on Facebook
noun
  1. A man whose wife has died (and who has not re-married)
wife Tweet Definition of wife Like Definition of wife on Facebook
noun (wives)
  1. A marry, married woman.
  2. The female of a pair of mated animals.
A new for the gander is introduced into the pen.
  1. (context, Geordie, dialect) A woman (compare old wife and aad wife).
wigwam Tweet Definition of wigwam Like Definition of wigwam on Facebook
noun
  1. A Native American dwelling having an arched framework overlaid with bark, hides, or mats.
wikiup Tweet Definition of wikiup Like Definition of wikiup on Facebook
noun
  1. Spelling variant of wickiup
witch Tweet Definition of witch Like Definition of witch on Facebook
noun
  1. A (usually female) person who is learned in and actively practices witchcraft (according to the OED, its use in the masculine is "now only dialectal").
  2. (derogatory) An ugly or unpleasant woman.
I hate that old witch.
verbto witch (third-person singular simple present witches, present participle witching, simple past witched, past participle witched)
  1. to dowse for water
witchcraft Tweet Definition of witchcraft Like Definition of witchcraft on Facebook
noun
  1. The practice of witches; magic, sorcery or the use supernatural powers to influence or predict events.
witch doctor Tweet Definition of witch doctor Like Definition of witch doctor on Facebook
noun
  1. A person who is believed to heal through magical powers; a shaman.

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