perique

[puh-reek]
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noun

a strong, rich-flavored tobacco produced in Louisiana, usually blended with other tobaccos.

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 of perique

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

    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

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

    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

a strong highly-flavoured tobacco cured in its own juices and grown in Louisiana

Word Origin for perique

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