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The habit of smoking various substances probably arose independently in different parts of the world. Herodotus in the 5th cent. B.C. describes the Scythians as inhaling the fumes of burning leaves until they were intoxicated. The leaves may have been marijuanamarijuana
or marihuana,
drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa (see hemp) or C. indica; the latter species can withstand colder climates.
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, which was smoked in Africa and Asia long before the diffusion of tobaccotobacco,
name for any plant of the genus Nicotiana of the Solanaceae family (nightshade family) and for the product manufactured from the leaf and used in cigars and cigarettes, snuff, and pipe and chewing tobacco.
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 from America in the 16th cent. Among the Native Americans, pipe smoking was practiced long before the arrival of Europeans. The peace pipe, or calumetcalumet
[Fr.,=reed], name given by the French to the peace pipe used by the indigenous people of North America for smoking tobacco; it consisted of a long, feathered stem, with or without a pipe bowl.
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, was smoked in ceremonies to signify a covenant between tribes. The use of tobacco and pipes spread around the world rapidly. In Asia, opiumopium,
substance derived by collecting and drying the milky juice in the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. Opium varies in color from yellow to dark brown and has a characteristic odor and a bitter taste.
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, which up to that time had only been eaten, was first smoked in the 17th cent. The hookah of Persia and the narghile of India, both of which filter smoke through water, may have evolved independently from the marijuana-smoking practices among aboriginal groups of S Africa and of central Asia. Everywhere, pipes have acquired particular national characteristics and have blossomed into many shapes, fashioned from many materials, including brier, stone, clay, wood, porcelain, meerschaum, and corncobs.
References in classic literature ?
Withered persons, in curious postures of submission to something, sat smoking pipes in obscure corners.
They sounded very nice and philosophical, but I'm afraid I am not the sort of person to sit in arbors smoking pipes when there is any fun going on outside.
Funny, eh--just to think of them smoking pipes and chattering as they drove along as unconcerned as I am now.
There is a type of such institutions in the suburbs; the youths go about in knickerbockers, smoking pipes, except on Saturday nights, when they lead each other home from the last train.
The turnkey, opening the door, disclosed in a wretched, ill- smelling little room, two hoarse, puffy, red-faced personages seated at a rickety table, playing at all-fours, smoking pipes, and drinking brandy.
Sharjah: Three young Arab men received serious burns when their car caught fire as they tried to light a smoking pipe in Al Fisht area of Sharjah on Friday.
Police woke him up and spoke to him and noticed a package of vegetable matter [later found to be cannabis] on the passenger seat next to him and a smoking pipe on the central console of the vehicle.
In one, the English Gentleman theme has been given a contemporary twist, with smart patterns in cool, classic tones blended with quirky features such as bowler hat light fittings and smoking pipe wallpaper.
Chicha, an addictive substance inhaled through a smoking pipe, has also been outlawed in Bor.
Adolphe Sax, who gave the world the wonderful instrument designed in the shape of a smoking pipe, was a Belgian instrument designer who also played clarinet and flute.
Downey was found to be in possession of what officers believed to be cocaine as well as a smoking pipe," according to West Hollywood Sheriff's Station Sgt.
His smoking pipe is filled with animal's feces instead of tobacco and when he feels like smoking cigarettes he lights up a few of them at a time.