meerschaum


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meerschaum

1. a white, yellowish, or pink compact earthy mineral consisting of hydrated magnesium silicate: used to make tobacco pipes and as a building stone. Formula: Mg2Si3O6(OH)4
2. a tobacco pipe having a bowl made of this mineral

meerschaum

[′mir‚shȯm]
(mineralogy)
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In retrospect, the optical language of this passage brings us back to the meerschaum penholder episode, with its photograph and the name of Colette's dog remembered and retrieved through an act of intense concentration, both mental and physical.
Ottoman pipes and a meerschaum bowl from four London excavations.
It has heart-shaped foliage, green-veined Meerschaum pipe-shaped flowers with brown petals, and grows vigorously in the shade.
Connoisseurs idealized two mediums of tobacco consumption: Cuban cigars and Greek meerschaum pipes.
At the local bar, he'd down Shirley Temples while puffing on a meerschaum.
Started in 1973 by Don and Sally Dean, the first store was primarily a pipe and tobacco shop specializing in meerschaum pipes.
He took out a meerschaum pipe, leant over and prodded his consultant in the chest.
Well," the old man answered, "I sell three things: exotic potting soils, rare breeds of poison ivy, and an assortment of hand-carved meerschaum doorknobs.
Surround yourself with the walking wounded, one version might go, and you will be able to carve meerschaum pipes out of mermaids' foam.
In fact, the methodical obsessiveness of his investigation, and Fiennes's angular physiognomy conjure up the image of a demented Sherlock Holmes, puffing away on hand--rolled ciggies instead of a meerschaum pipe.