1A soft white claylike material consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate, found chiefly in Turkey.
- 1.1count noun A tobacco pipe with a bowl made from meerschaum.‘Like Dupin, Dr. Bender smokes a meerschaum pipe, filled with cheap tobacco.’
tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipe
- ‘The biggest surprise was Everett's Holmes: a compelling, brilliant, darkly original character, much closer to the original stories than to the deerstalkers and meerschaums and Basil Rathbone.’
- ‘You see him nursing a meerschaum pipe.’
- ‘The Honourable Sir Ralph Mountharten sharply rapped his meerschaum pipe against the surface of his mahogany writing desk.’
- ‘Well, donning my deerstalker and lighting my meerschaum I'd start at the bottom.’
- 1.1count noun A tobacco pipe with a bowl made from meerschaum.
Late 18th century from German, literally ‘sea foam’, from Meer ‘sea’ + Schaum ‘foam’, translation of Persian kef-i-daryā (alluding to the frothy appearance of the silicate).