Tobacco meaning

tə-băkō
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The definition of tobacco is a plant that yields nicotine-rich leaves, or nicotine-rich leaves that have been prepared to be smoked or chewed.

The plant used to produce leaves that go into making Newports, Marlboro Lights or other cigarettes is an example of tobacco.

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(uncountable) Leaves of Nicotiana tabacum and some other species cultivated and harvested to make cigarettes, cigars, snuff, for smoking in pipes or for chewing.
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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.
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Any of various other plants of the genus Nicotiana.
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The habit of smoking tobacco.

I gave up tobacco.

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Products made from these plants.
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The leaves of certain of these plants, prepared for smoking, chewing, or snuffing.
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Products prepared from these leaves; cigars, cigarettes, snuff, etc.
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The use of tobacco for smoking, etc.
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(uncountable) Any plant of the genus Nicotiana.
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(countable) A variety of tobacco.

Tobaccos from the Connecticut Valley were used for wrapping cigars.

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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