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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 ?
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.
APPARENTLY officials were suspicious Caster Semenya might be a fella when she turned up at the World Athletics Championships sporting a full beard and smoking a meerschaum pipe.
Ersatz, who hands him his imitation meerschaum pipe and his artificial leather slippers.
In fact, the methodical obsessiveness of his investigation, and Fiennes's angular physiognomy conjure up the image of a demented Sherlock Holmes, puffing away on hand--rolled ciggies instead of a meerschaum pipe.
99 to fulfil his other great ambition - a new Meerschaum pipe.