Indian tobacco

Indian tobacco

noun
a common American plant, Lobelia inflata, of the lobelia family, having small, blue flowers and inflated capsules.

Origin:
1610–20

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Indian tobacco
 
n
a poisonous North American campanulaceous plant, Lobelia inflata, with small pale blue flowers and rounded inflated seed capsules

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indian tobacco

(species Lobelia inflata), annual plant of the family Campanulaceae, native to open woodlands of North America. It was once considered a medicinal plant because of the emetic alkaloid present in the plant parts, especially the roots, but is now regarded as poisonous

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