the stem of a tobacco pipe.
something resembling this in slenderness, as an unusually thin arm or leg.

Origin of pipestem

An Americanism dating back to 1720–30; pipe1 + stem1
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Examples from the Web for pipestem

Historical Examples of pipestem

  • The pipestem which he was holding snapped in Furley's fingers.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • The arm bone snapped like a pipestem, but it was the monster's dying effort.

    B. C. 30,000

    Sterner St. Paul Meek

  • Lambert sat back down behind his desk and sucked on his pipestem.

  • In smoking, Indians did not seize the pipestem in the teeth.

  • Ford knocked the ashes from his pipe so hard that the pipestem fell in two.

    Empire Builders

    Francis Lynde