chil·​lum | \ ˈchi-ləm How to pronounce chillum (audio) \

Definition of chillum

1 : the part of a water pipe that contains the substance (such as tobacco or hashish) which is smoked also : a quantity of a substance thus smoked
2 : a funnel-shaped clay pipe for smoking

Examples of chillum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tourists follow suit, packing chillums—long Hindu pipes—with inky black hashish. Ariel Sophia Bardi, Slate Magazine, "Death on the Hippie Trail," 2 Jan. 2017 In Afghanistan, Mellin smoked a chillum on the head of an ancient Buddha that’s since been destroyed by the Taliban. Jason Nark,, "Philly’s ‘Uncle Rocky’ backpacking Asia at 87," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of chillum

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chillum

Hindi cilam & Urdu chilam, from Persian chilam

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Cite this Entry

“Chillum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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