snuffbox

noun
snuff·​box | \ ˈsnəf-ˌbäks How to pronounce snuffbox (audio) \

Definition of snuffbox

: a small box for holding snuff usually carried about the person

Examples of snuffbox in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another 20 species there are endangered, including mussels with evocative names such as fluted kidneyshell, snuffbox, birdwing pearlymussel, and shiny pigtoe. Travis Loller, USA TODAY, "Freshwater mussels are dying at an alarming rate and scientists want to know why," 17 Dec. 2019 Another 20 species there are endangered, including mussels with evocative names such as fluted kidneyshell, snuffbox, birdwing pearlymussel, and shiny pigtoe. Washington Post, "Scientists seeking cause of huge freshwater mussel die-off," 17 Dec. 2019 Among them, concerns about the snuffbox mussels halted the construction of a $27 million bridge on Vrooman Road bridge in Lake County. Grant Segall, cleveland.com, "U.S. tightens eligibility for species protections, but Ohio stands pat," 19 Aug. 2019 During every lesson, the prized pupil steals something from Miss Nightingale’s home: a snuffbox, a porcelain swan, a scarf. S. Kirk Walsh, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Last Stories,’ by William Trevor," 24 May 2018 Few museum visitors have ever handled a marble bust or a gilded snuffbox, but everyone wears clothes. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "Confessions of a Costume Curator," 18 Aug. 2017 In the 19th century, European nations used ivory for billiard balls, piano keys, buttons, snuffboxes and false teeth. Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times, "An Illicit Trail of African Ivory to China MARCH 1, 2013," 31 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of snuffbox

circa 1673, in the meaning defined above

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24 Dec 2019

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“Snuffbox.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snuffbox. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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