any of a genus (Nicotiana) of New World plants of the nightshade family, including tobacco and several species with fragrant flowers, grown as ornamentals
Origin of nicotiana; from Modern Latin nicotiana (herba): see nicotine
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) nicoti&amacron;na, (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