wigwams

wigwam

[wig-wom, -wawm]
noun
1.
an American Indian dwelling, usually of rounded or oval shape, formed of poles overlaid with bark, mats, or skins. Compare lodge ( def 9 ), tepee.
2.
the Wigwam, Tammany Hall ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1620–30, Americanism; < Eastern Abenaki wìkəwαm house < Proto-Algonquian *wi·kiwa·ʔmi; cf. wickiup

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wigwam (ˈwɪɡˌwæm)
 
n
1.  Compare tepee any dwelling of the North American Indians, esp one made of bark, rushes, or skins spread over or enclosed by a set of arched poles lashed together
2.  a similar structure for children
 
[from Abnaki and Massachuset wīkwām, literally: their abode]

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wigwam
1628, from Algonquian (probably Eastern Abenaki) wikewam "a dwelling," said to mean lit. "their house;" also said to be found in such formations as wikiwam and Ojibwa wiigiwaam and Delaware wiquoam.
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