"that strange pipe used by the Arabs"
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Hookah
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A hookah is a large tobacco pipe, commonly found in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa, incorporating a jar of water through which the smoke is drawn to cool it.  Hot coals are used to burn the tobacco, which is often supplemented with a fruit flavour.

Originally from India, the pipe is also sometimes referred to as a shisha, narghile or a hubbly bubbly.