Origin of nicotianafrom Modern Latin nicotiana (herba): see nicotine
any of a genus (Nicotiana) of New World plants of the nightshade family, including tobacco and several species with fragrant flowers, grown as ornamentals
Any of various flowering plants of the genus Nicotiana of the nightshade family, native chiefly to the Americas and including tobacco plants and ornamental species with fragrant flowers.
Origin of nicotianaNew Latin (herba) nicotiāna (herb of) Nicot, nicotiana after Jean Nicot (1530?-1600), French diplomat
- (horticulture) Any ornamental plant of the genus Nicotiana
From the genus name
New Latin, from Jean Nicot, French ambassador to Portugal, who sent seeds back to France in 1561, + -iana
- The name is taken from Nicotiana, the tobacco plant, so called after Jean Nicot (1530-1600), French ambassador at Lisbon, who introduced tobacco into France in 1560.
- Mexican tobaccos (Nicotiana Tabacum, variety macrophyllum) are to-day predominant in a large part of Cuban vegas..
- There are about fifty species of Nicotiana, nearly all of which are natives of America.
- William Bragge of Birmingham published in 1880 a revised bibliography of the subject, Bibliotheca nicotiana, extending to 248 quarto pages.
- Nicotiana affinis: half-hardy, 2 to 3 ft., white.