One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The stem of a tobacco pipe.
2Originally US (chiefly humorous). A thin leg or arm.
3US. A white-flowered Californian clematis, Clematis lasiantha.
4United States regional. A white-flowered clematis of the western United States and Canada, Clematis ligusticifolia (the western white clematis).
1Originally US. Of an arm or leg: extremely thin.
2US. Of trousers: tight-fitting, straight.
Mid 18th century. From pipe + stem.
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