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dottle

or dottel

[dot-l] /ˈdɒt l/
noun
1.
the plug of half-smoked tobacco in the bottom of a pipe after smoking.
Origin of dottle
1815-1825
1815-25; dial. dot small lump (probably identical with dot1) + -le
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Examples from the Web for dottle
Historical Examples
  • He knocked out the dottle of his pipe on one of the andirons.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • Jean knocks the dottle out of his pipe, refills and relights.

    The Valley of Vision Henry Van Dyke
  • He knocked out the dottle, refilled the bowl and lighted the tobacco.

  • Raft considered the proposition for a moment, then he shook his head and tapped the dottle out of his pipe.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
  • Taggert took his pipe out of his mouth and tapped the dottle into a nearby ash disposal unit.

    Psichopath Gordon Randall Garrett
  • At the end, Carleton tamped down the dottle in the bowl of his pipe thoughtfully with his forefinger—and glanced at Donkin.

  • He knocked the dottle from his pipe and sauntered nearer the doorway; there he waited impatiently for the encore to end.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • He tapped the dottle out of his pipe, picked up the bundle, and rose grumbling.

    The Man Who Lost Himself

    H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for dottle

dottle

/ˈdɒtəl/
noun
1.
the plug of tobacco left in a pipe after smoking
Word Origin
C15: diminutive of dot lump; see dot1
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