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perique

[puh-reek]
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noun
  1. a strong, rich-flavored tobacco produced in Louisiana, usually blended with other tobaccos.
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Origin of perique

1880–85, Americanism; allegedly after Périque, nickname of Pierre Chenet, Louisiana grower who first developed it
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Examples from the Web for perique

Historical Examples

  • It is said that the output of genuine Perique is small, being well under 50,000 lbs.

    Tobacco Leaves

    W. A. Brennan

  • It has been stated above that much of the Perique tobacco is a substitute for the genuine.

    Tobacco Leaves

    W. A. Brennan

  • But there is a good deal of substitute Perique sold in lieu of the genuine kind.

    Tobacco Leaves

    W. A. Brennan

  • He stayed seated on the edge of the gallery and began to smoke cigarettes which he rolled himself of perique tobacco.

    Bayou Folk

    Kate Chopin

  • In the case of the tobacco known as Perique the curing process is more or less peculiar to itself.

    Tobacco Leaves

    W. A. Brennan


British Dictionary definitions for perique

perique

noun
  1. a strong highly-flavoured tobacco cured in its own juices and grown in Louisiana
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Word Origin

C19: apparently from Périque, nickname of Pierre Chenet, American tobacco planter who first grew it in Louisiana
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