• WordNet 3.6
    • n calumet a highly decorated ceremonial pipe of Amerindians; smoked on ceremonial occasions (especially as a token of peace)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Calumet A kind of pipe, used by the North American Indians for smoking tobacco. The bowl is usually made of soft red stone, and the tube is a long reed often ornamented with feathers.☞ The calumet is used as a symbol of peace. To accept the calumet is to agree to terms of peace, and to refuse it is to reject them. The calumet of peace is used to seal or ratify contracts and alliances, and as an evidence to strangers that they are welcome. "Smoked the calumet , the Peace pipe,
      As a signal to the nations."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calumet A kind of tobacco-pipe used by the Indians of North America. Its bowl is usually of soft red soap-stone, and the tube a long reed ornamented with feathers. The calumet is used as a symbol or an instrument for declaring peace or war. To accept the calumet is to agree to the terms of peace; to refuse it is to reject them. The calumet of peace is used to seal or ratify contracts and alliances, in the friendly reception of strangers, and as a safeguard in peaceful traveling. The calumet of war, differently made, is used in the proclamation of war. The reed or stem is the important part of the pipe, and is held to have a sacred signification.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calumet kal′ū-met the 'peace pipe' of the North American Indians, a tobacco-pipe having a stem of reed or painted wood about 2½ feet long, decorated with feathers, with a large bowl, usually of soap-stone.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. calumet, fr. L. calamus, reed. See Halm, and cf. Shawm
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Calumet is a Norman name for a shepherd's pipe (Fr. chalumeau—L. calamellus, calamus), given by the early French settlers from its resemblance.


In literature:

The calumet of peace was passed.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Smoke the calumet of peace.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
Father Marquette in vain presented his calumet of peace.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
Of these mines the Calumet and Hecla of the Lake Superior region is the most famous.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
Any copper stock must be worth buying because the stock of Calumet-Hecla multiplied its value a hundredfold.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
The party bringing the "calumets" was called "the father," while those receiving them were "the children.
"Indian Story and Song" by Alice C. Fletcher
We will smoke the calumet with you.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
The Illinois never ate new fruits or bathed at the beginning of summer, without first dancing the calumet.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Calumet, First, 56.12. Cooper, S. and C. E., 1.53.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 2, June, 1898" by Various
He was rather expecting Nannie to say that she wished to reside on Calumet Avenue and to have a coach and four purchased that very day.
"The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
Their way of receiving strangers is by the pipe, or calumet of peace.
"The Surprising Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew King of the Beggars; containing his Life, a Dictionary of the Cant Language, and many Entertaining Particulars of that Extraordinary Man" by Unknown
The calumet was smoked, presents mutually exchanged, and a treaty of amity concluded.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
Weapons of war are adorned with emblems, and also pipes, or calumets, but not the every-day weapons used in hunting.
"The Indian Today" by Charles A. Eastman
As one of the chiefs passed the calumet to the others, he pointed to a spot in the horizon.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
Calumet, 51.61, Covert, S., Lincoln Memorial, 4.80.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 54, No. 2, April, 1900" by Various
Wolf Paw came through the crowd, holding up in both hands a calumet, a sacred pipe.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
For this purpose they purchased Salling of his Indian mother for three strands of beads and a Calumet.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
A small area known as "Oklahoma" or "Calumet" had perhaps the largest number.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
He pretends that he does not approach this lake with any other view than to smoke the calumet with the Onondagas.
"The Fighting Governor" by Charles W. Colby
He held it up before Sanomp as he received the calumet in the other.
"The Story of Tonty" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood

In news:

Calumet Farm's devil's red and blue silks may be returning to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
Five day cares in Calumet, made up of 17 kids, are donating non-perishable food items to the Angel Mission.
The Angel Mission is a free store that aims to help people in need throughout the Calumet area.
Day cares in Calumet donate to a local food pantry.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Calumet is offering customers a 20 percent off storewide sale.
A plea hearing will take place in Nov 7 for David Simons, 38, of Calumet.
Calumet's first drive was 16 offensive plays.
Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time in the planning, ticket sales, prize solicitation, and decorating to help make the 2012 Calumet All Sports Booster Club Spring Fling once again a great success.
Recently, the 55th Coca Cola International Frisbee Tournament was held in Calumet.
Briana is the daughter of Peggy and Brian Germain of Calumet.
The bride to be is a 2000 graduate of Calumet High School and a 2005 Northern MU graduate.
Wednesday night, the Calumet Paranormal team went on an investigation to find out if the claims of the haunted Calumet Colosseum were true.
Students of Calumet, Keweenaw, and Laurium are celebrating their brand new greenhouse .
Historical park celebrates a milestone in Calumet.
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