Drying tobacco leaves.
The plant used to produce leaves that go into making Newports, Marlboro Lights or other cigarettes is an example of tobacco.
- any of a genus (Nicotiana) of chiefly tropical American plants of the nightshade family, with hairy, sticky foliage and long-tubed, white, yellow, greenish, or purple flowers; esp., the species (N. tabacum) now widely cultivated for its leaves
- the leaves of certain of these plants, prepared for smoking, chewing, or snuffing
- products prepared from these leaves; cigars, cigarettes, snuff, etc.
- the use of tobacco for smoking, etc.
Origin of tobaccoSpanish tabaco from uncertain or unknown; perhaps ; perhaps an old Spanish name transferred to the New World plant
nounpl. to·bac·cos, or to·bac·coes
- a. The tropical American plant Nicotiana tabacum of the nightshade family, widely cultivated for its leaves, which are used primarily for smoking.b. The leaves of this plant, dried and processed chiefly for use in cigarettes, cigars, or snuff or for smoking in pipes.
- Any of various other plants of the genus Nicotiana.
- Products made from these plants.
- The habit of smoking tobacco: I gave up tobacco.
Origin of tobaccoSpanish tabaco probably partly from a Taíno word recorded by a Spanish chronicler as tabago a tube for inhaling smoke or powdered intoxicating plants and partly from Old Spanish atabaca, altabaca a Mediterranean plant ( Inula viscosa ) having sticky, aromatic leaves widely used in traditional medicine ( from Arabic al-&tlowdot;ubbāq ) ( al- the ) ( &tlowdot;ubbāq, &tlowdot;abbāq the plant I. viscosa ) ( from Syriac dubāqā birdlime, elm mucilage used as glue ) ( from dbaq to cling ) ( akin to Arabic dabiqa ) ( and Hebrew dābaq to cling )
(countable and uncountable, plural tobaccos)
- (uncountable) Any plant of the genus Nicotiana.
- (uncountable) Leaves of Nicotiana tabacum and some other species cultivated and harvested to make cigarettes, cigars, snuff, for smoking in pipes or for chewing.
- (countable) A variety of tobacco.
- Tobaccos from the Connecticut Valley were used for wrapping cigars.
Attested since 1588, a loan from Spanish tabaco. The Spanish word is either from Arabic Ø·Ø¨Ø§Ù‚ (á¹abÄq, á¹ubÄq, “a type of medicinal herb") or from a Taino word meaning "roll of tobacco leaves" or "a pipe for smoking tobacco". The term is thus either an Old World term (of Arabic origin) applied to a New World plant, or a New World word.