Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong snuff made from a dark, coarse tobacco.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dark, coarse, strongly flavored snuff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pungent kind of snuff made from the darker and ranker kinds of tobacco leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong kind of snuff, coarser than maccouba, of either a black or a brown color, made from the darker and ranker kinds of tobacco-leaves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. strong snuff made from dark coarse tobacco

Etymologies

From French (tabac) râpé, grated (tobacco), past participle of râper, to grate, from Old French rasper, to scrape; see rasp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • _Râpé_ became in English "rappee," familiar in snuff-taking days as the name for a coarse kind of snuff made from the darker and ranker tobacco leaves.

    The Social History of Smoking

  • Put new CHRG wid xtree strong padding on. rappee in softee blankee and escort to recobbery room.

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  • Searching as her own small rappee, she, in spite of her promise, urged Jeanie with still farther questions.

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • Likewise, I came to carry a snuff-box, and to consume in secret huge quantities of rappee.

    The Fitz-Boodle Papers

  • Here Mr. Sterne was interrupted by a monk of the Order of St. Francis, who stepped into the room, and begged us all to take a pinch of his famous old rappee.

    Roundabout Papers

  • “I call it doosid stale old rappee,” says Mr. Brummell — (as for me I declare I could not smell anything at all in either of the boxes.) “Old boy in smock-frock, take a pinch?”

    Roundabout Papers

  • “She thanked Mr. Warrington, in tones so hollow and tragic, that he started back, and must have upset some of his rappee, for Macbeth sneezed thrice.”

    The Virginians

  • I demanded where their rappee was? the good woman pointed to the place; and I took up a scollop-shell of it, refusing to let her weight it, and filled my box.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I have excellent gloves and wash-balls, Madam: rappee, Scots, Portugal, and all sorts of snuff.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • That he might profit as much as possible by this situation, he went up and accosted every person in the pit, with whom he ever had least communication, whispered and laughed with an affected air of familiarity, and even bowed at a distance to some of the nobility, on the slender foundation of having stood near them at court, or presented them with a pinch of rappee at

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

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