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Topic: TOBACCO

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Dutch
Origin: snuf, from snuftabak, from snuffen ( SNUFF1) + tabak 'tobacco'

snuff

2 noun
     
snuff2 [uncountable]
1DFT a type of tobacco in powder form, which people breathe in through their noses:
He took a pinch of snuff.
a snuff box (=a small box used to keep snuff in)
2

up to snuff

American English informal good enough for a particular purpose:
A lot of money was spent to bring the building up to snuff.
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