Tobacco Definition

tə-băkō
tobaccos
noun
tobaccos
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.
Webster's New World
The leaves of certain of these plants, prepared for smoking, chewing, or snuffing.
Webster's New World
Products prepared from these leaves; cigars, cigarettes, snuff, etc.
Webster's New World
Any of various other plants of the genus Nicotiana.
American Heritage
Products made from these plants.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
tobacco plantbaccyweedsnuffsmokingshagplantleafcropcigarettecigarfragrant weedcancer-stickcoffin-nailsfilthy weed
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Other Word Forms of Tobacco

Noun

Singular:
tobacco
Plural:
tobaccos

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.

    From Wiktionary

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