chewing tobacco

chewing tobacco

noun
tobacco, in the form of a plug, usually flavored, for chewing rather than smoking.

Origin:
1780–90, Americanism

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chewing tobacco

tobacco used for chewing and appearing in a variety of forms, notably (1) "flat plug," a compressed rectangular cake of bright tobacco, sweetened lightly or not at all, (2) "navy," a flat rectangular cake of burley tobacco, highly flavoured with either licorice, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, honey, or some other spice or sweetener, (3) "twist," tough, dark tobacco rolled and braided into ropes, (4) "fine-cut," shredded, stripped leaf, not compressed, of expensive blend, and (5) "scrap," cigar by-products consisting of loose leaf ends and clippings.

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