meerschaum


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meer·schaum

 (mîr′shəm, -shôm′)
n.
1. A fine, compact, usually white claylike mineral of hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, found in the Mediterranean area and used in fashioning tobacco pipes and as a building stone. Also called sepiolite.
2. A tobacco pipe with a bowl made of this mineral.

[German : Meer, sea (from Middle High German mer, from Old High German mari; see mori- in Indo-European roots) + Schaum, foam (from Middle High German schūm, from Old High German scūm; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots).]

meerschaum

(ˈmɪəʃəm)
n
1. (Minerals) Also called: sepiolite a white, yellowish, or pink compact earthy mineral consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate: used to make tobacco pipes and as a building stone. Formula: Mg2Si3O6(OH)4
2. (Recreational Drugs) a tobacco pipe having a bowl made of this mineral
[C18: German, literally: sea foam]

meer•schaum

(ˈmɪər ʃəm, -ʃɔm)

n.
1. a mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, occurring in white, claylike masses, used esp. for pipe bowls; sepiolite.
2. a tobacco pipe with a bowl made of meerschaum.
[1775–85; < German Meerschaum, literally, sea foam]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.meerschaum - a white clayey mineral
meerschaum - a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
mineral - solid homogeneous inorganic substances occurring in nature having a definite chemical composition
2.meerschaum - a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaummeerschaum - a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
pipe, tobacco pipe - a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
meerschaum, sepiolite - a white clayey mineral
Translations

meerschaum

[ˈmɪəʃəm] N
1. (= material) → espuma f de mar
2. (also meerschaum pipe) → pipa f de espuma de mar

meerschaum

nMeerschaum m; (= pipe)Meerschaumpfeife f
References in classic literature ?
At length removing carefully his meerschaum from the right to the left corner of his mouth, he condescended to speak.
The large man drew out a red case, and extracted a great yellow meerschaum, out of which, a moment later, he was puffing thick wreaths of smoke.
Now I think of it, I haven't seen the old meerschaum since he came home.
On a seat against the railing was a young woman dressed suitable for red automobiles, with hair the colour of an unsmoked meerschaum.
Books and papers everywhere, a broken meerschaum, and an old flute over the mantlepiece as if done with, a ragged bird without any tail chirped on one window seat, and a box of white mice adorned the other.
He took a cigarette out of a dainty box, stuck it into a meerschaum holder which he carried in a morocco case, and reached for my cigar.
The very pipe, in which burned the spell of all this wonderwork, ceased to appear as a smoke-blackened earthen stump, and became a meerschaum, with painted bowl and amber mouthpiece.
Young Lord Varinas was smoking an immense Meerschaum pipe, while Captain Hugues was employed with a cigar: that violent little devil Tandyman, with his little bull-terrier between his legs, was tossing for shillings with all his might (that fellow was always at some game or other) against Captain Deuceace; and Mac and Rawdon walked off to the Club, neither, of course, having given any hint of the business which was occupying their minds.
It is unclear whether the exception for pipes primarily made of briar, meerschaum, clay, or corn cob is an element or an affirmative defense.
The trivial becomes profound as objects take on huge emotional significance: a Persian lamb cap, a meerschaum pipe, a stamp album.
A Christmas treat if ever there was one as Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson head back in time to 221b Baker Street, London, where it's 1895 and ace detectives wear deerstalker hats and smoke meerschaum pipes.
What is the linguistic connection between a meerschaum pipe and the name of the goddess Aphrodite?