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  • n. Alternative form of narghile.

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  • n. an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water


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  • In this chamber some half dozen persons were seated in the Eastern fashion, and smoking either the choice tobaccoes of Syria through the cherry-wood or jasmine tube of a Turkish or Egyptian chibouque, or inhaling through rose-water the more artificial flavour of the nargileh, which is the hookah of the Levant.

    Tancred Or, The New Crusade

  • The smoking of water pipes loaded with sweetened tobacco, also known as nargileh or shisha, is popular in cafes across the Arab world and was one of the few remaining leisure activities left in the isolated coastal strip.

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  • Now, half-way around the world, along with the plates of hummus and tabboule, came big steaming platters of artichokes with nutty butter for dipping: the same preparation, only with the odor of nargileh swirling and the strains of Amr Diab overhead.

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  • Abdullah drew on the nargileh, and passed it around again.

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  • A young woman in baggy trousers passed him the nargileh.

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  • He was no sooner paid for the hire of his animals than, tying them fast, he went into the miserable little café; and we found the animals still made fast, still saddled, unwatered and unfed, when we took the evening train, the owner being descried in the house of entertainment at work at a nargileh, and evidently the worse for raki.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878.

  • Twelve flasks of otto of roses, from Schiraz, found their way into his sack; ten pounds of the finest Turkish tobacco followed them; then came, quite appropriately, a magnificent nargileh, with a long tube and a yellow amber mouth-piece, on the top of which he carelessly threw a heavy ebony box, inlaid with copper.

    Harper's Young People, February 24, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • I lighted a cigar, and Akong smoked his hubble-bubble, a small copy of the nargileh of the Turks.

    St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 4, February 1878

  • Harrovian sitting cross-legged, upon a heap of cushions, with the smoke of the _nargileh_, drifting from between his lips, smiled as he picked up the thread of the same old story which had been spun for him when, an arrogant youth of twelve summers, he had ruled his house with no gentle hand.

    The Hawk of Egypt

  • There was no sign of anger in the man as he sat tranquilly upon the cushions, the amber mouthpiece of the _nargileh_ between his lips; no sound of wrath in the gentle voice which bid the Ethiopian eunuch to remain prostrated upon the floor, until the arrival of the other slaves, who could be heard pelting through the house from every direction in answer to the summons of the gong.

    The Hawk of Egypt


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