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 ?
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.