from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See hookah.
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- n. A large Oriental tobacco pipe wherein the smoke is drawn through water to filter and cool it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Eastern tobacco-pipe in which the smoke passes through water before reaching the lips, the water being contained in a receptacle originally of cocoanut, now often of glass, porcelain, or metal. (Compare sheesheh.) The stem is a long flexible tube, often called a snake. See kalian.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water
French narghilé, obsolete variant of narguilé, from Persian nārgīleh, from nārgīl, coconut (from which the receptacle was made), from Sanskrit nārikelaḥ, nālikeraḥ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish nargile, from Persian نارگیله (nārgileh) from نارگیل (nārgil, "coconut"), which used to be used to construct the bowl, from Sanskrit नारिकेल (nārikela, "coconut"); cf French narghileh. (Wiktionary)