Other Word Forms of Tobacco
Origin of Tobacco
Spanish tabaco probably partly from a Taíno word recorded by a Spanish chronicler as tabago tube for inhaling smoke (influenced by Old Spanish atabaca, altabaca a Mediterranean plant (Inula viscosa) having leaves widely used in traditional medicine) (from Arabic al-ṭubbāq) (al- the) (ṭubāq, ṭubbāq the plant I. viscosa)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Attested since 1588, a loan from Spanish tabaco. The Spanish word is either from Arabic طباق (á¹abāq, á¹ubāq, “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.
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