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or maccoboy

[mak-uh-boi] /ˈmæk əˌbɔɪ/
a kind of snuff, usually rose-scented.
Origin of maccaboy
1730-40; earlier macabao, macauba, mac(c)ouba < French macouba a kind of aromatic tobacco; special use of Macouba place in northern Martinique, where made Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for maccaboy
Historical Examples
  • He takes a gentle pinch of her cheek as if she were maccaboy, when she is only a very verdant girl.

    The World on Wheels and Other Sketches

    Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) Taylor
  • Sometime when youer passin' by, I'd be mighty thankful ef you 'ud fetch me some maccaboy snuff.

    Mingo Joel Chandler Harris
  • And Mrs. Perkins finished her speech with the largest pinch of maccaboy she could possibly hold between her thumb and forefinger.

    The English Orphans

    Mary Jane Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for maccaboy


a dark rose-scented snuff
Word Origin
C18: from French macouba, from the name of the district of Martinique where it is made
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