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Definition of "calumet" [cal•u•met]

  • A long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "calumet" in a sentence
  • "A boy was standing beside her with a bow and arrow, on the reverse was a group of indians seated under an oak tree, smoking the long feathered and beaded pipe, which they call the calumet of peace."
  • "This bird has often been called the calumet eagle and war-eagle; the last of which appellations I have already accounted br; and the other has arisen from the fact, that the Indians almost invariably ornament their calumets or pipes of peace with its quills."
  • "Upon reaching the child, the golden eagle "calumet" was gently swayed above it, while in the background the other "calumet" was waved to ward off disturbing influences, and the priests sang this song."
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