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wigwam

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wigwam a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides
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A Wigwam A Wigwam

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wigwam An Indian cabin or hut, usually of a conical form, and made of a framework of poles covered with hides, bark, or mats; -- called also tepee.☞ “The wigwam, or Indian house, of a circular or oval shape, was made of bark or mats laid over a framework of branches of trees stuck in the ground in such a manner as to converge at the top, where was a central aperture for the escape of smoke from the fire beneath. The better sort had also a lining of mats. For entrance and egress, two low openings were left on opposite sides, one or the other of which was closed with bark or mats, according to the direction of the wind.” Palfrey. "Very spacious was the wigwam,
      Made of deerskin dressed and whitened,
      With the gods of the Dacotahs
      Drawn and painted on its curtains."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wigwam The tent or lodge of a North American Indian, generally of a conical shape and formed of bark or mats, or now most often of skins, laid over poles (called lodge-poles) stacked on the ground and converging at the top, where is left an opening for the escape of smoke.
    • wigwam A large building; especially, a large structure in which a nominating convention or other political gathering is held.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wigwam wig′wam an Indian hut.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the Algonquin or Massachusetts Indian word wēk, “his house,” or “dwelling place;” with possessive and locative affixes, wē-kou-om-ut, “in his (or their) house,” contracted by the English to weekwam, and wigwam,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Eng. corr. of Algonkin word.

Usage

In literature:

The scene represented in this tableau is at the time when Edith is quietly sleeping in the wigwam of the Indian warrior.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
In the largest of the wigwams a little altar was fitted up.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
Soon he allowed the children to lead him back to their wigwam, where he dropped again to the ground.
"Some Three Hundred Years Ago" by Edith Gilman Brewster
The dark peak of a solitary wigwam appeared above the snow.
"Lords of the North" by A. C. Laut
God will watch over him, and he will be as safe in the sachem's wigwam as in your arms beneath your own roof.
"Three Years on the Plains" by Edmund B. Tuttle
He looked into their wigwams, and saw they were happy.
"Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by James Athearn Jones
Swamps and forests, wretched wigwams with their squalid inmates everywhere met his view, but no gold was to be found.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The lone Indian who places his wigwam in the midst of the mountains seems to be always a stranger.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 1157, March 5, 1898" by Various
Our fathers' wigwams were not far apart.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
It seemed a'most as if I most expected to see wigwams.
"The Little Gold Miners of the Sierras and Other Stories" by Various
Come to my wigwam, where you shall have shelter till it has passed by.
"Afar in the Forest" by W.H.G. Kingston
One thousand Indians were killed at one pop, and their wigwams were burned.
"Comic History of the United States" by Bill Nye
The air felt much cooler than usual, so we determined to build a wigwam in which to shelter ourselves.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
At night, collecting a supply of birch-bark, as he had seen the Indians do, he built himself a wigwam.
"A True Hero" by W.H.G. Kingston
The shore was at that time lined with wigwams and garden-patches.
"French Pathfinders in North America" by William Henry Johnson
They had been so for four years; the Crows had had time to build other wigwams.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
We remained in a wigwam during that day, with guards over us.
"The Privateersman" by Frederick Marryat
But they did not know the exact spot where our wigwams were pitched, and were just going, after a feed, to look for it.
"The Buffalo Runners" by R.M. Ballantyne
Indians often cut a way into a cedar swamp in winter to build their wigwams in it.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
They lived in fragile huts called wigwams, so simple in their structure that one could easily be erected in a few hours.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
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In poetry:

"When the moon a year ago
Told the flowers the time to blow,
In that lonely wigwam smiled
Menewee, our little child.
"The Truce of Piscataqua" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Sick and aweary of her lonely life,
Heedless of peril, the still faithful wife
Had left her mother's grave, her father's door,
To seek the wigwam of her chief once more.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Joy then for Weetamoo, to sit once more
A child upon her father's wigwam floor!
Once more with her old fondness to beguile
From his cold eye the strange light of a smile.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Gazing thus upon the dwelling
Of his warrior sires,
Where no lingering trace was telling
Of their wigwam fires,
Who the gloomy thoughts might know
Of that wandering child of woe?
"The Fountain" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then they rose up and departed
Each one homeward to his wigwam,
To the young men and the women
Told the story of the strangers
Whom the Master of Life had sent them
From the shining land of Wabun.
"The Song Of Hiawatha XXII: Hiawatha's Departure" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But he left their wigwams and their love.
By the hour of dawn he was proud and stark,
Kissed the Indian babes with a sigh,
Went forth to live on roots and bark,
Sleep in the trees, while the years howled by--
"In Praise Of Johnny Applseed" by Vachel Lindsay

In news:

Western Reserve capitalized on five Southern turnovers on Friday en route to a 48-3 pounding of the Indians at Wigwam Stadium.
House near Wigwam & Pecos left damaged after fire nearly three years ago.
Scott Rohrer fired a 5-over 77 on Saturday afternoon on the Gold Course at the Wigwam Resort.
Wigwam Motel 811 Hopi Drive, Holbrook 928-524-3048 sleepinawigwam.com.
The dude started building the wigwam when he was 10 and it is over 30 foot tall now and now the state wants him to tear it down.
The Wigwam Hotel in Holbrook, AZ, is one of the most photographed spots along Route 66.
The Wigwam, at Lake Street and Wacker Drive, is where Republican delegates met in 1860 and nominated Abraham Lincoln for president.
Jesse J Wilkerson has asked the city to help fund a $10,000 feasibility study for the gym, known as the Wigwam .
Wigwam : Buffing up a desert classic.
My name is Tyra and I took this picture in Oakland Oregon, of this Wigwam .
BevOps/ Fleet Summit is scheduled for April 14-17 at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
BevOps/Fleet Summit is scheduled for April 14-17 at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Ariz.
Pizzeria Bianco chef helping with new Wigwam Resort restaurant.
The newly enhanced Wigwam Resort and Spa has a new signature restaurant.
The Northern Wyoming Community College District made the purchase of the Spear -O-Wigwam Ranch in Northern Johnson County official at a special announcement ceremony at Sheridan College Thursday.
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In science:

We prove a theorem about magnification relations for all generic general caustic singularities up to codimension five: folds, cusps, swallowtail, elliptic umbilic, hyperbolic umbilic, butterfly, parabolic umbilic, wigwam, symbolic umbilic, 2nd elliptic umbilic, and 2nd hyperbolic umbilic.
A Universal Magnification Theorem II. Generic Caustics up to Codimension Five
Wigwam-shaped area A beneath both the smooth (red) line and the dashed(green) line.
The galaxy ancestor problem
Window which then might be quite different from the Wigwam calculated in Fig 3.
The galaxy ancestor problem
Wigwam, the shaded area marked A, which we call The Visibility Window.
The galaxy ancestor problem
A with a peak at P where the two Visibilities intersect to make a Wigwam.
The galaxy ancestor problem
In this more physically representative measure the two Visibility Wigwams fall almost on top of one another.
The galaxy ancestor problem
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