Green’s Dictionary of Slang

Trichy n.

also Trichi

1. (Anglo-Ind.) a cigar from the Trichinopoly district of the Madras Presidency (in present-day Tamil Nadu).

[UK]Oriental Sporting Mag. (1873) 15 July 329: ‘Have a cigar? It’s a Portage – not a Trichy.’‘Don’t you refuse Trichys. If you get one with a good straw in it – one that will draw, it is as good a cheroot as there is out,’ said the passenger Monty called Bob.
Farmer’s Mag. 268: The chances generally are that at least half of every bundle of ‘Lunkas,’ or ‘Trichies,’ will have to be thrown away, owing to the impossibility of making them ‘draw’.
[Aus]Eve. News (Sydney) 8 May 6/2: She could not stand a man who did nothing but smoke all day; she would be jealous of his Manillas or his Trichie, or whatever particular weed he affected.
Frank Leslie’s Popular Mthly 747/2: Cheroots and cigars of every price brand or make are at hand and available, from the venerable Trichy to the well-known Lunka, and an American need never miss the taste of his own native Virginny.
[UK]Graphic (London) XXX 70/3: Now and then one comes upon a choice Trichy or Lunkah which has been carefully made and carefully kept.
[Aus]Sydney Mail 9 Feb. 279/3: ‘Tommy Atkins is very much changed from what he used to be,’ said the Major [...] as he lit a fresh “Trichy”’.
[UK]Kipling Departmental Ditties 123: [Gloss.] ‘Trichi,’ a contraction of Trichinopoly, a place on the S.E. Coast of Hindustan, noted for its cigars — hence ‘Trichi’ denotes a Trinchinopoly cigar.
J.D. Gordon Work and Play in India and Kashmir 189: A whisky peg and a Trichy being found to his liking, he settled himself in the best chair and spun the following yarn.
[Aus]Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) 11 Jan. 3/4: The cigar with which Lord Wenlock contrasted the modern is the old Trichy cheroot, known to all Europeans who have lived in India.
[US]E.W. Hopkins ‘Ancient Monuments of the Deccan’ in Nation 1 Apr. 240/2: The Sa’b now lights a trichy, to measure by its ash how long it will take somebody to do something.
[Aus]Newcastle Morn. Herald (NSW) 16 Apr. 5/1: ‘Was it a Trichy (Trichinopoli cigar, three a penny) or a Pondicherry (two a penny) you took then, sir?’.
[Ind]Mrs. M.A. Handley Roughing It in Southern India I 156: men who understood the work came from Trichinopoly to do the curing and rolling into cheroots (here we did not call them cigars) after the manner of ‘Trichies,’ a sort which it takes a well-seasoned smoker to appreciate, as they are very strong. Trichies have a special shape of their own, being large and tapering, and cut off square at each end, and have a reed through them, which is supposed to make them ‘draw’ better.

2. (Anglo-Ind.) the Trichinopoly district of the Madras Presidency (in present-day Tamil Nadu).

[Aus]Newcastle Morn. Herald (NSW) 17 Jan. 2/4: As our readers will see, the bad example of the Trichy address has told upon us, for we are horrified to find we have penned a sentence forty-eight lines long.