Meaning of meerschaum

meer•schaum

Pronunciation: (mēr'shum, -shôm), [key]
— n.
  1. a mineral, hydrous magnesium silicate, HMgSiO, occurring in white, claylike masses, used for ornamental carvings, for pipe bowls, etc.; sepiolite.
  2. a tobacco pipe with a bowl made of this substance.
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