- a cigar having open, untapered ends.
Origin of cheroot
First recorded in 1660–70, cheroot is from the Tamil word curuṭṭu roll (of tobacco)
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- a cigar with both ends cut off squarely
Word Origin for cheroot
C17: from Tamil curuttu curl, roll
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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.
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