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  1. a reddish argillaceous stone used by North American Indians for making tobacco pipes.
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Origin of pipestone

First recorded in 1755–65; pipe1 + stone
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Examples from the Web for pipestone

Historical Examples

  • A stone from Ohio, for pipestone from Dakota, or for a stone from any other State.

    Harper's Young People, June 21, 1881


  • These streams have the same right of asylum, though in a less degree than Pipestone creek already mentioned.

  • A few days later two solitary teepees stood on the shore of the pond, under the red cliffs of the Pipestone Quarry.

  • We had no peace until we came within sight of the Pipestone Quarry.

  • Others of the enemy might come after pipestone, and there was our trail running straight to the place.

    With the Indians in the Rockies

    James Willard Schultz

British Dictionary definitions for pipestone


  1. a variety of consolidated red clay used by Native Americans to make tobacco pipes
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