One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A kind of snuff, usually scented with attar of roses.
2More fully "macouba snuff".
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Wimble's List of Snuffs. From Macouba, the name of a tobacco-growing district in northern Martinique. In the 18th cent. the a of the third syllable was identified (as often in loanwords) with English aw /ɔː/; the -oy /ɔɪ/ of the some forms appears to have developed from this.
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