Clipped from wampumpeag (from Narragansett; compare the opposite clipping peag), which is a compound of wamp, wompi (“white”) + umpe (“string”) + -ag (plural suffix), and referred to the string of white shell-beads rather than the individual beads.
- Small beads made from polished shells, especially white ones, formerly used as money and jewelry by certain Native American peoples.
- A string of such beads.
- (slang) Money.
- (white shells): suckanhock (black shells)