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meerschaum

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noun meer·schaum \ˈmir-shəm, -ˌshȯm\

Definition of meerschaum

  1. 1 :  a fine light white clayey mineral that is a hydrous magnesium silicate found chiefly in Asia Minor and is used especially for tobacco pipes

  2. 2 :  a tobacco pipe of meerschaum



Origin and Etymology of meerschaum

German, from Meer sea + Schaum foam


First Known Use: 1784

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