One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American Indian peace pipe.
tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipeView synonyms
- ‘The calumet was a tobacco pipe, highly revered by the Illinois, which could be used to end disputes, strengthen alliances, and ensure peaceful relationships with strangers.’
- ‘This calumet or ceremonial reed pipe is one of a number of pipes the Boston Museum received from the Peale Museum.’
- ‘Before Hiawatha's story begins, we are introduced to the Master of Life and one of his gifts to mortals, the red pipe stone, from which the calumet or peace pipe is made.’
Late 17th century: from French, from late Latin calamellus ‘little reed’, diminutive of Latin calamus (referring to the pipe's reed stem).
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