From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hookah \Hook"ah\ (h[oo^]k"[.a]), n. [Per. or Ar. huqqa a round
   box or casket, a bottle through which the fumes pass when
   smoking tobacco.]
   A pipe with a long, flexible stem, so arranged that the smoke
   is cooled by being made to pass through water. Also called
   narghile and water pipe. The hubble-bubble is a simple
   form of this device.
   [1913 Webster +PJC]
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