pipe·​stone | \ ˈpīp-ˌstōn How to pronounce pipestone (audio) \

Definition of pipestone

: a pink or mottled pink-and-white argillaceous stone used especially by American Indians to make carved objects (such as tobacco pipes)

Examples of pipestone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Native American craftspeople will continue to demonstrate pipestone carving and share their cultural history with visitors to the national monument. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tribal complaints prompt national park to stop selling pipes," 23 Sep. 2019 Ending all pipestone sales would require protection of the stone by Congress. Leah Ward, Twin Cities, "Pipestone National Monument to end sale of pipes at visitor center," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pipestone

1804, in the meaning defined above

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“Pipestone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pipestone. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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