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Monday word: dottle

dottle (dtl) noun

Unburned and partially burned tobacco caked in the bowl of a pipe after smoking.

Etymology:  early 1800s, diminutive of dot, lump.

The wikipedia article lists several potential causes of excessive dottle.

"Sherlock Holmes was, as I expected, lounging about his sittingroom in his dressing-gown, reading the agony column of The Times and smoking his before-breakfast pipe, which was composed of all the plugs and dottles left from his smokes of the day before, all carefully dried and collected on the corner of the mantelpiece." - Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"
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