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calumet

[kal-yuh-met, kal-yuh-met] /ˈkæl yəˌmɛt, ˌkæl yəˈmɛt/
noun
1.
a long-stemmed, ornamented tobacco pipe used by North American Indians on ceremonial occasions, especially in token of peace.
Also called peace pipe.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; < French, orig. dial. (Norman, Picard): pipe stem, a by-form of French chalumeau chalumeau, with suffix altered to -et -et
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calumet

/ˈkæljʊˌmɛt/
noun
1.
a less common name for peace pipe
Word Origin
C18: from Canadian French, from French (Normandy dialect): straw, from Late Latin calamellus a little reed, from Latin: calamus
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Word Origin and History for calumet
n.

1660s, from Canadian French calumet, from Norman French calumet "pipe" (Old French chalemel, 12c., Modern French chalumeau), from Latin calamellus, diminutive of calamus "reed; something made of reed or shaped like a reed" (see shawm).

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