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Meaning of WIGWAM

Pronunciation:  'wigwâm

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides

WIGWAM is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: indian lodge, lodge



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Wig"wam\, n. [From the Algonquin or Massachusetts Indian
word w[=e]k, ``his house,'' or ``dwelling place;'' with
possessive and locative affixes, w[=e]-kou-om-ut, ``in his
(or their) house,'' contracted by the English to weekwam, and
An Indian cabin or hut, usually of a conical form, and made
of a framework of poles covered with hides, bark, or mats; --
called also {tepee}. [Sometimes written also {weekwam}.]

      Very spacious was the wigwam, Made of deerskin dressed
      and whitened, With the gods of the Dacotahs Drawn and
      painted on its curtains.                 --Longfellow.

Note: ``The wigwam, or Indian house, of a circular or oval
      shape, was made of bark or mats laid over a framework
      of branches of trees stuck in the ground in such a
      manner as to converge at the top, where was a central
      aperture for the escape of smoke from the fire beneath.
      The better sort had also a lining of mats. For entrance
      and egress, two low openings were left on opposite
      sides, one or the other of which was closed with bark
      or mats, according to the direction of the wind.''