- a soft, claylike, orthorhombic mineral, Mg(SiO)(OH)6HO, used to make tobacco pipes and other heat-resistant items; hydrous magnesium silicate; sepiolite
- a pipe with a bowl made of this
Origin of meerschaumGer, literally , sea foam ( from meer, sea + schaum, foam), translated, translation of Medieval Latin spuma maris, origin, originally used of coral, calque of Classical Greek halos hachn?: name transferred in 18th-c. German to a variety of lithomarge
- A fine, compact, usually white claylike mineral of hydrous magnesium silicate, H4Mg2Si3O10, found in the Mediterranean area and used in fashioning tobacco pipes and as a building stone. Also called sepiolite .
- A tobacco pipe with a bowl made of this mineral.
Origin of meerschaumGerman Meer sea ( from Middle High German mer ) ( from Old High German mari ; see mori- in Indo-European roots.) Schaum foam ( from Middle High German schūm ) ( from Old High German scūm ; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.)
(countable and uncountable, plural meerschaums)