Definition of meerschaum in English:

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meerschaum

Pronunciation: /ˈmirˌSHôm/
/ˈmirSHəm/

noun

1A soft white claylike material consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate, found chiefly in Turkey.
1.1 (also meerschaum pipe) A tobacco pipe with the bowl made from this.
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.

Origin

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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Syllabification: meer·schaum

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