From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The metaphorical use of the term snuff to denote killing is derived from a verb for the extinguishing of a candle flame, and can be traced to several decades before Sanders's book; for example in Edgar Rice Burroughs's fifth Tarzan book Tarzan and The Jewels of Opar (1916), Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs at the Project Gutenberg.
- Fine-ground or pulverized tobacco intended for use by being sniffed or snorted into the nose.
- Fine-ground or minced tobacco, dry or moistened, intended for use by placing a pinch ('placing a pinch' = dipping) behind the lip or beneath the tongue.
- A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco. This term is in current use among snuff users.
- The act of briskly inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
- Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling. Cf huff (quickly puffing air from the nose or mouth).
- Snot, mucus.
- Smell, scent, odour.