One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A trademark for: a type of cigarette paper. Also more widely: any cigarette paper.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Atlantic Monthly. From French RizLa+, the name on the packaging from riz (on account of the fact that the paper was made from rice) + La+, graphic representation of Lacroix, the name of the family who first manufactured the cigarette paper.
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