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meerschaum Line breaks: meer|schaum
Pronunciation: /ˈmɪəʃɔːm/

Definition of meerschaum in English:


[mass noun]
1A soft white clay-like material consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate, found chiefly in Turkey.
1.1 (also meerschaum pipe) [count noun] A tobacco pipe with a bowl made from meerschaum.
Example sentences
  • Like Dupin, Dr. Bender smokes a meerschaum pipe, filled with cheap tobacco.
  • The biggest surprise was Everett's Holmes: a compelling, brilliant, darkly original character, much closer to the original stories than to the deerstalkers and meerschaums and Basil Rathbone.
  • You see him nursing a meerschaum pipe.


Late 18th century: from German, literally 'sea foam', from Meer 'sea' + Schaum 'foam', translation of Persian kef-i-daryā (alluding to the frothy appearance of the silicate).

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