From French tabac râpé "grated tobacco", past participle of râper "to grate"; from Old French rasper "to scrape"; of Germanic origin.
- A dark, coarse, strongly flavored snuff.
, Charles Dickens
, The Pickwick Papers 35
- ‘Why, it is difficult, sir, I confess,’ said the tall footman. ‘It may be done by degrees, Sir. Coffee is the best practice. I carried coffee, Sir, for a long time. It looks very like rappee, sir.’