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noun 1: from Dutch smous Jew, usurer, supposed to be the same word as German dialect schmus talk, patter, adaptation from Jewish schmuoss, Hebrew sh'mūﻋōth tales, news, the reference being to the persuasive eloquence of Jewish peddlers
verb 1: apparently adaptation from German schmausen (Low German smûsen) to feast, to drink or eat luxuriously
From: A New and Accurate Description of the Coast of Guinea,
Divided into into the Gold, the Slave, and the Ivory Coasts
Written originally in Dutch By William Bosman, Printed 1705
Letter XI. P. 190
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