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Meaning of CALUMET

Pronunciation:  'kalyu`met

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a highly decorated ceremonial pipe of Amerindians; smoked on ceremonial occasions (especially as a token of peace)

CALUMET is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: peace pipe, pipe of peace
 See Also: pipe, tobacco pipe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cal"u*met\, n. [F. calumet, fr. L. calamus reed. See
{Halm}, and cf. {Shawm}.]
A kind of pipe, used by the North American Indians for
smoking tobacco. The bowl is usually made of soft red stone,
and the tube is a long reed often ornamented with feathers.

      Smoked the calumet, the Peace pipe, As a signal to the
      nations.                                 --Lowgfellow.

Note: The calumet is used as a symbol of peace. To accept the
      calumet is to agree to terms of peace, and to refuse it
      is to reject them. The calumet of peace is used to seal
      or ratify contracts and alliances, and as an evidence
      to strangers that they are welcome.