from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Iron tongs of light and ornamental design, used by a smoker to take a coal from the hearth to light his pipe. It is a form of lazy-tongs.


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  • (often of gold or silver) in the form of tobacco-box, tobacco-tongs -- wherewith to lift a live coal to light his pipe, ladle

    The Social History of Smoking


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