Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fine, compact, usually white claylike mineral of hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, found in the Mediterranean area and used in fashioning tobacco pipes and as a building stone. Also called sepiolite.
  • n. A tobacco pipe with a bowl made of this mineral.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A soft white mineral, chiefly used for smoking-pipes and cigar holders.
  • n. A smoking-pipe made from meerschaum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fine white claylike mineral, soft, and light enough when in dry masses to float in water. It is a hydrous silicate of magnesia, and is obtained chiefly in Asia Minor. It is manufacturd into tobacco pipes, cigar holders, etc. Also called sepiolite.
  • n. A tobacco pipe made of this mineral; a meerschaum pipe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hydrated silicate of magnesium, occurring in fine white clay-like masses, which when dry will float on water; sepiolite.
  • n. A pipe made from this substance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
  • n. a white clayey mineral

Etymologies

German : Meer, sea (from Middle High German mer, from Old High German mari; see mori- in Indo-European roots) + Schaum, foam (from Middle High German schūm, from Old High German scūm; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Meerschaum ("sea foam"). (Wiktionary)

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