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caporal

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[ kap-er-uhl, kap-uh-ral ]
/ ˈkæp ər əl, ˌkæp əˈræl /
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noun
a variety of tobacco.
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Origin of caporal

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1840–50; short for French tabac du caporal tobacco of the corporal2

Other definitions for caporal (2 of 2)

caporal2
[ kap-uh-ral ]
/ ˈkæp əˌræl /

noun Southwestern U.S.
an overseer, especially of a cattle ranch.

Origin of caporal

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1590–1600; <Spanish: chief, manager <Italian; see corporal2
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British Dictionary definitions for caporal

caporal
/ (ˌkæpəˈrɑːl) /

noun
a strong coarse dark tobacco

Word Origin for caporal

C19: from French tabac du caporal corporal's tobacco, denoting its superiority to tabac du soldat soldier's tobacco
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