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or sheroot

[shuh-root] /ʃəˈrut/
a cigar having open, untapered ends.
Origin of cheroot
First recorded in 1660-70, cheroot is from the Tamil word curuṭṭu roll (of tobacco) Unabridged
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  • I have a Burma cheroot from a very precious supply of a kind-hearted subaltern here from Burma.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • At each table the entire process of making the cheroot is performed.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay
  • “Thanks,” was the reply; and the newcomer took a cheroot in the midst of a rather constrained silence.

    The Rajah of Dah George Manville Fenn
  • If my cheroot gets low, there he is with a fresh one and a light, in a moment.

    On the Irrawaddy G. A. Henty
  • The General lit a cheroot, and sat in a deck chair; but the younger man fidgeted and was obviously ill at ease.

  • "Try this cheroot; you 'll find it better," said he, opening a secret pocket in the case.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • My cheroot was still in my mouth, so I re-lighted it and smoked it, and then again lay down by the side of my companions.

  • Alden moved his cheroot from the left corner of his mouth to the right.

  • "And there's something else," said Seton quietly, knocking a cone of grey ash from his cheroot on to the dirty floor.

    Dope Sax Rohmer
  • The darkness was redolent of strong tobacco-smoke, the smoke of a cheroot.

British Dictionary definitions for cheroot


a cigar with both ends cut off squarely
Word Origin
C17: from Tamil curuttu curl, roll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cheroot

late 17c., probably from Portuguese charuto "cigar," from Tamil curuttu "roll" (of tobacco), from curul "to roll." Originally a cigar from southern India; later a cigar of a certain shape.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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