American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A heat-hardened, compacted, red or pink clay stone used by Native American peoples for making tobacco pipes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as catlinite.
- n. The cast-iron prism lying on the back-stone of a lead-ore hearth and containing an opening for the twyer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of clay slate, carved by the Indians into tobacco pipes. Cf. catlinite.
“Between here and the James river is the area where the Natives of all the nations in the West 'mined' the pipestone Catlinite or "pipestone", a form of red talc.”
“For some tribes, pipestone -- a reddish, claylike stone from which ceremonial pipes were carved -- is sacred; when they objected to its use for the floor of a performance space, the architects found a substitute.”
“Ginny had acquired several fine specimens, a jet buffalo, a pipestone buck sheep, a dolomite deer, a black marble fish, a serpentine snake ¦ She spread them on the block before the head.”
“When the song ended, we prayed again—a prayer for each direction, and a pinch of tobacco for each prayer, until the pipestone bowl was full.”
“Finishing, Marilyn placed the tobacco in the blood-colored pipestone bowl of her pipe.”
“Nelson took an incredibly long, beautiful pipe and touched the pipestone bowl to the stone.”
“On a dirt floor the color of pipestone the Roadman had spread a velvet cloth on which he placed a sheath of tobacco leaves, a leather bag, a whistle, a rattle, and a stack of corn husks and leaves.”
“The Woman's Club of Pipestone, Minn., showed specimens of pipestone and jasper belonging to group 116, class 682.”
“There were five large wall pieces of granite, one of Winona stone, one of pipestone, and one of Frontenac stone.”
“During the summer there were many tasks -- blue berries to be gathered in the woods, canoes to be built, tepees to be repaired, turnips to be dug, and pipestone to be brought from the far distant quarry.”
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