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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]