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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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He had one of those cute little shops that smell like a humidor and are hung with impressive ranges of ornamental meerschaums and multicoloured pipe-cleaners.
It defines the natural environment, with some nostalgia, as a collection of not only forests, rivers and mountains - wood, water and rock, the parts by which Schama groups his text - but also of thatch-roofed farmhouses in sylvan glens, a curl of smoke rising from the chimneys and lambs bleating in clovery meadows full of swarming bees, fair-haired children dancing around a maypole and strong elders smoking their meerschaums.