snuff box

snuffbox

[snuhf-boks]
noun
a box for holding snuff, especially one small enough to be carried in the pocket.

Origin:
1680–90; snuff1 + box1

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snuffbox (ˈsnʌfˌbɒks)
 
n
a container, often of elaborate ornamental design, for holding small quantities of snuff

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snuff box

small, usually ornamented box for holding snuff (a scented, powdered tobacco). The practice of sniffing or inhaling a pinch of snuff was common in England around the 17th century; and when, in the 18th century, it became widespread in other countries as well, the demand for decorated snuffboxes, considered valuable gifts, increased. Some were small enough to fit in a waistcoat pocket, and others were larger; all gave 18th-century craftsmen an opportunity to execute rich and elaborate designs

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