• WordNet 3.6
    • n meerschaum a pipe having a bowl made of meerschaum
    • n meerschaum a white clayey mineral
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Meerschaum (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 sepiolite.
    • Meerschaum A tobacco pipe made of this mineral; a meerschaum pipe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n meerschaum A hydrated silicate of magnesium, occurring in fine white clay-like masses, which when dry will float on water; sepiolite. The name, from the German for ‘sea-foam,’ alludes to the lightness and the snow-white color. It is found in various regions, but occurs chiefly in Asia Minor, Livadia, and the island of Eubœa. When first taken out it is soft, and makes lather like soap. It is manufactured into tobacco-pipes, which, after being carved or turned, are baked to dry them, then boiled in milk, polished, and finally boiled in oil or wax. Artificial meerschaum is made from the chips and waste left from meerschaum-cutting, consolidated by pressure. Meerschaum is imitated also in plaster of Paris, treated with paraffin and colored with gamboge and dragon's-blood, and in other ways.
    • n meerschaum A pipe made from this substance. Such pipes are valued from their taking a rich brown color from the oil of tobacco gradually absorbed by the material.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Meerschaum mēr′shawm a fine light whitish clay making excellent tobacco-pipes—once supposed to be a petrified sea-scum: a pipe made of this material.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
G., lit., sea foam; meer, sea + schaum, foam; but it perh. is a corruption of the Tartaric name myrsen,. Cf. Mere a lake, and Scum
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ger. meer, sea, schaum, foam.


In literature:

An' it's me crazy to hear what that meerschaum-colored divil was a-goin' to say.
"The Flaw in the Sapphire" by Charles M. Snyder
Oddly enough, he thought of a beautifully carved meerschaum pipe he'd found with the milk that morning.
"The Ambulance Made Two Trips" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Captain Becker removed his meerschaum from his lips, and shook himself in his chair until his sword clanked on the floor.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
Many are made of meerschaum (sea foam).
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
His pipe was a meerschaum, handsomely colored, with a long amber tip.
"A Chosen Few" by Frank R. Stockton
No man in the army has a better colored meerschaum.
"A History of Lumsden's Battery, C.S.A." by George Little
He may be heavy, but he is hard-muscled and brown as an old meerschaum.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
Splendid thing, a meerschaum.
"Australia Revenged" by Boomerang
The people are smoking cigarettes, or cigars at worst, not meerschaums.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
His meerschaum pipe was kept filled for him, and when it went out, the children rushed to light it again with paper spills.
"Skipper Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
For sometime, Clarence had watched the new meerschaum from a distance.
"The Land of Look Behind" by Paul Cameron Brown
The cabman sat with his back turned upon the party, smoking a meerschaum pipe.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 13 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There was no meerschaum ornamentation.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
The king did not partake, but sat sighing and smoking a meerschaum pipe.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
A meerschaum some three feet long, and a tobacco bag like a school-boy's satchel, supply his wants in life.
"Nuts and Nutcrackers" by Charles James Lever
Uncle Lorincz blushed to the ears, and would have given his best meerschaum to have been helped out of the unpleasant dilemma.
"Hungarian Sketches in Peace and War" by Mór Jókai
Captain Becker removed his meerschaum from his lips, and shook himself in his chair until his sword clanked on the floor.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
Do pray favor me with my meerschaum and a light.
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
The coloured porcelain-headed pipe began to supplant the meerschaum.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVIIIth and XIXth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
He lit his big meerschaum pipe, and left the lights all burning.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various

In poetry:

Joe Murphy gave a meerschaum pipe
He hadn’t smoked for years.
The stranger was too full of words,
His eyes were dim with tears.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
With Pipe and Book at close of day,
Oh, what is sweeter, mortal, say?
It matters not what book on knee,
Old Izaak or the Odyssey,
It matters not meerschaum or clay.
"With Pipe And Book" by Richard Le Gallienne
Busts, cameos, gems,—such things as these,
Which others often show for pride,
I value for their power to please,
And selfish churls deride;—
One Stradivarius, I confess,
Two Meerschaums, I would fain possess.
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Antique meerschaum pipe's minimum value is $75.