Definition of meerschaum
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 : a tobacco pipe of meerschaum
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Like his literary descendant, Dupin smokes a meerschaum pipe and is generally eccentric.
So why not throw on a deerstalker hat, light up a handy meerschaum pipe, and do our best impression of the great detective himself in order to get to the bottom of this case?
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Origin and Etymology of meerschaum
German, from Meer sea + Schaum foam
First Known Use: 1784See Words from the same year
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