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[ra-pee] /ræˈpi/
a strong snuff made from dark, rank tobacco leaves.
Origin of rappee
1730-40; < French râpé grated (past participle of râper); see rape3 Unabridged
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  • Pray, Sir' (to Mr. Armstrong), 'do me the honour to try this snuff, 'tis real French rappee.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Those fresh supplies of little scandals were as fresh pinches of rappee to the arid nostril all athirst for dust.

    The Collector Henry T. Tuckerman
  • One day he happened to blend Dutch and rappee and poured the mixture into a drawer labelled 37.

  • His waistcoat was low in the neck, and had flap pouches, wherein he kept his mull for rappee, and his tobacco-box.

    The Life of Mansie Wauch David Macbeth Moir
  • "Senor, this snuff will not pass in Spain" (it was French rappee); and after turning it out on the ground he gave me back the box.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Likewise, I came to carry a snuff-box, and to consume in secret huge quantities of rappee.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Dr. Deane took a small pinch of rappee, and then touched his nose lightly with his lavendered handkerchief.

    The Story Of Kennett Bayard Taylor
  • Like other great men, this Pasha makes a great consumption of rappee, and empties nearly a box a-day.

  • Indeed, I am just here on the same errand—to see Mr Wolstang—eh (a sneeze)—that rappee is certainly very strong.

British Dictionary definitions for rappee


a moist English snuff of the 18th and 19th centuries
Word Origin
C18: from French tabac râpé, literally: scraped tobacco, from râper to scrape; see rape³, rasp1
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