from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small flat pocket-box for holding tobacco for chewing or smoking.
  • noun A common skate or ray, a batoid fish, Rata erinacea.
  • noun The common sunfish or pumpkin-seed, Pomotis gibbosus, or another of the same genus. See cut under sunfish.


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  • Therefore the tobacco-box gives us a sensation of blueness.

    Moon Face:The Shadow and the Flash

  • His tobacco-box dropped at the same time from his pocket, which

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • When our gentlemen entered, the floor was occupied by two females and their gallants, who, in the performance of their exercise, lifted their legs like so many oxen at plough and the pipe of one of those hoppers happening to be exhausted, in the midst of his saraband, he very deliberately drew forth his tobacco-box, filling and lighting it again, without any interruption to the dance.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Our youth, who was not unmoved on this occasion, received the pledge, which he acknowledged with the present of a tobacco-box bought for this purpose; and the two lads of the castle getting into the coach, were driven homewards, in a state of silent dejection.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • I went and leaned beside him, and presently offered him my tobacco-box.

    Down and Out in Paris and London

  • Schoonhoven, giving an occasional grunt, as he shoveled a spoonful of Indian pudding into his mouth, — either as a sign that he relished the dish, or comprehended the story, — he called unto him his constable, and pulling out of his breeches-pocket a huge jackknife, dispatched it after the defendant as a summons, accompanied by his tobacco-box as a warrant.

    Washington Irving

  • Nevertheless, he had the presence of mind required for pocketing the guinea, which was too good for his tobacco-box; and as one thing at a time was quite enough upon his mind, he probed away slowly, to be sure there was no hole.

    Mary Anerley

  • I wanted what they had in actual use, such as a tobacco-box and pipe-sheath, and knives with carved handles and scabbards, and for three of these I offered 2.5 dollars.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • One aimed a blow full at his heart; but the protecting power which watches over the great and good turned aside the hostile blade and directed it to a side-pocket, where reposed an enormous iron tobacco-box, endowed, like the shield of Achilles, with supernatural powers, doubtless from bearing the portrait of the blessed St. Nicholas.

    Washington Irving

  • Smoking is by no means a general practice; consequently the pipe and tobacco-box are not, as with the Japanese, a part of ordinary male attire.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan


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  • A colloquial name for some small, flat, boxy salt- and fresh-water fishes.

    March 22, 2011