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

  • n. The plug of tobacco ash left in the bowl of a pipe after it has been smoked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The still burning or wholly burnt tobacco plug in a pipe.
  • n. A baby's dummy, pacifier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plug or tap of a vessel.
  • n. A small rounded lump or mass; especially, the tobacco remaining in the bottom of a pipe after smoking, which is often put on the top of fresh tobacco when refilling.

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

  • n. the residue of partially burnt tobacco left caked in the bowl of a pipe after smoking


From dot1, lump (obsolete).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from Middle English dottle or dottel, diminutives of dotĀ ("lump or clot"), formed with -le. (Wiktionary)



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