Etymology: Abbreviated from wampumpeag; falsely analysed as "wampum" + "peag"; from "wamp" ("white") + "umpe" ("string") + "ag" (plural suffix), in reference to the string of white shell-beads and not the individual beads.
- Small beads made from polished shells, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples
- (informal) Money
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