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[kav-uh n-dish]
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  1. tobacco that has been softened, sweetened, and pressed into cakes.

Origin of cavendish

First recorded in 1830–40; presumably named after maker or handler


[kav-uh n-dish]
  1. Henry,1731–1810, English chemist and physicist.
  2. William, 4th Duke of Devonshire,1720–64, British statesman: prime minister 1756–57.
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Examples from the Web for cavendish

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  • At Cavendish Mansions, Barnes alighted and offered the man a sovereign.

    The Avenger

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • They walked to the promenade and dropped her at Cavendish House.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • But Miss Cavendish was firm, and the arrangement was made according to her plan.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • And then she inquired of Emma how Mrs. Cavendish was getting on.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • The circumstances of Cavendish's death are as remarkable as his career in life.

British Dictionary definitions for cavendish


  1. tobacco that has been sweetened and pressed into moulds to form bars

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from the name of the first maker


  1. Henry. 1731–1810, British physicist and chemist: recognized hydrogen, determined the composition of water, and calculated the density of the earth by an experiment named after him
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cavendish in Science


  1. British chemist and physicist who in 1766 discovered hydrogen, which he called “inflammable air.” He also demonstrated that it is the lightest of all the gases and established that water is a compound of hydrogen and oxygen. In 1798, Cavendish estimated with great accuracy the mean density of the Earth.
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