chil·​lum ˈchi-ləm How to pronounce chillum (audio)
: 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
: a funnel-shaped clay pipe for smoking

Examples of chillum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The deity Shiva was reportedly a stoner, and devotees honored him by stuffing charas into clay or stone pipes called chillums, and entering psychotropic trances. Sean Williams, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023 Tourists follow suit, packing chillums—long Hindu pipes—with inky black hashish. Ariel Sophia Bardi, Slate Magazine, 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,, 20 June 2017

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Word History


Hindi cilam & Urdu chilam, from Persian chilam

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chillum was in 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Chillum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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