meerschaum

noun
meer·​schaum | \ ˈmir-shəm How to pronounce meerschaum (audio) , -ˌshȯm \

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

Examples of meerschaum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The backpacks contained two unopened bottles of Barefoot Moscato wine and a wooden meerschaum pipe with marijuana residue. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Drunk woman arrested after driving over tree lawns; police investigate child porn website: Berea police blotter," 26 Oct. 2017 Like his literary descendant, Dupin smokes a meerschaum pipe and is generally eccentric. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Without Edgar Allan Poe, We Wouldn’t Have Sherlock Holmes," 20 Apr. 2017 Like his literary descendant, Dupin smokes a meerschaum pipe and is generally eccentric. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "Without Edgar Allan Poe, We Wouldn’t Have Sherlock Holmes," 20 Apr. 2017 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? Joanna Robinson, VanityFair.com, "Will Tom Hiddleston Really Guest Star on Sherlock? An Exhaustive Investigation," 5 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of meerschaum

1784, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for meerschaum

German, from Meer sea + Schaum foam

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“Meerschaum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/meerschaum. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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