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
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.
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."
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.
German troops each received a large meerschaum pipe, and fine cigars for the officers.