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snuff,

preparation of pulverized tobacco used by sniffing it into the nostrils, chewing it, or placing it between the gums and the cheek. The blended tobacco from which it is made is often aged for two or three years, fermented at least twice, ground, and usually flavored and scented. In pre-Columbian times, snuff was used in the West Indies, in Mexico, and in parts of South America. Adoption of the practice in Europe was encouraged by belief in its medicinal virtue. From Europe the custom was carried to the Middle East and Asia. The highest status of snuff taking was attained in the 18th cent., when it was practiced by both men and women. The richly ornamented snuffboxes of the time are now esteemed by collectors. A ritual of taking snuff developed, with prescribed ways of tapping and opening the box and offering it to others. Later the practice of dipping snuff into the mouth with a stick or brush, or of inserting it between the cheek and gums, largely replaced sniffing it into the nostrils.

snuff

1. finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nostrils or less commonly for chewing
2. a small amount of this
3. any powdered substance, esp one for sniffing up the nostrils
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Snuff is the one great luxury of such Scotch shepherds; it's the one thing with which you can bribe them.
I only suggested that because you said one could not plausibly connect snuff with clockwork or candles with bright stones.
Because this is serious," answered Brown; "this is not spilt snuff or loose pebbles, that might be there for a hundred reasons.
Perhaps you can make a torture out of snuff and bamboo.
My friend," said Flambeau, turning in a kind of fury, "what does all that snuff mean?
Snuff, spoilt Prayer Books, and the insides of musical boxes--what--"
I understood the snuff and clockwork, and so on, when I first opened my eyes this morning.
Diamonds without their gold rings; candles without their gold candlesticks; snuff without the gold snuff-boxes; pencil-leads without the gold pencil-cases; a walking stick without its gold top; clockwork without the gold clocks--or rather watches.
Thieves would have taken the gold snuff-boxes, snuff and all; the gold pencil-cases, lead and all.
He has stripped the house of gold, and taken not a grain that was not gold; not so much as a grain of snuff.
Perker smiled, took a very long pinch of snuff, stirred the fire, shrugged his shoulders, and remained expressively silent.
The clerk smiled as he said this, and inhaled the pinch of snuff with a zest which seemed to be compounded of a fondness for snuff and a relish for fees.