from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
- noun A tobacco pipe with a bowl made of this mineral.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A hydrated silicate of magnesium, occurring in fine white clay-like masses, which when dry will float on water; sepiolite.
- noun A pipe made from this substance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Min.) 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
- noun A tobacco pipe made of this mineral; a meerschaum pipe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun uncountable A soft white
mineral, chiefly used for smoking-pipes and cigar holders.
- noun countable A smoking-
pipemade from meerschaum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
- noun a white clayey mineral
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
At length removing carefully his meerschaum from the right to the left corner of his mouth, he condescended to speak.
For, your meerschaum is a fragile thing, and eminently frangible.
To colour a meerschaum was the ambition of smokers, swearing was considered neither low nor vulgar, and snuffing was fashionable.
A small pipe -- I think the Germans call meerschaum -- I could not despise, nor a great bundle of tobacco, which I thrust into the inside pouch of the cloak.
Jimmy led them, his hands deep in his pockets, puffing white steam-clouds at regular intervals from his "meerschaum" pipe.
Generally he sat clasping one knee, staring directly in front of him, and puffing regularly on a "meerschaum" pipe he had earned by saving the tags of Spearhead tobacco.
Well, colonel, replace the meerschaum in your broom-moustache face and I'll tell you:
I suppose you only read Kant in the original German wearing lederhosen and stuffing high grade skunk into your meerschaum.
The New Yorker essayist George Plimpton also remembered that invasion of the Harlem peacocks in their enormous purple Cadillacs: "I'd never seen crowds as fancy, especially the men – felt hatbands and feathered capes, and the stilted shoes, the heels like polished ebony, and many smoking stuff in odd meerschaum pipes."
German troops each received a large meerschaum pipe, and fine cigars for the officers.