tobacco

[tuh-bak-oh]
noun, plural tobaccos, tobaccoes.
1.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Nicotiana, of the nightshade family, especially one of those species, as N. tabacum, whose leaves are prepared for smoking or chewing or as snuff.
2.
the prepared leaves, as used in cigarettes, cigars, and pipes.
3.
any product or products made from such leaves.
4.
any of various similar plants of other genera.

Origin:
1525–35; < Spanish tabaco, perhaps < Arawak: a pipe for smoking the plant, or roll of leaves smoked, or the plant

tobaccoless, adjective
antitobacco, adjective
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tobacco (təˈbækəʊ)
 
n , pl -cos, -coes
1.  any of numerous solanaceous plants of the genus Nicotiana, having mildly narcotic properties, tapering hairy leaves, and tubular or funnel-shaped fragrant flowers. The species N. tabacum is cultivated as the chief source of commercial tobacco
2.  the leaves of certain of these plants dried and prepared for snuff, chewing, or smoking
 
[C16: from Spanish tabaco, perhaps from Taino: leaves rolled for smoking, assumed by the Spaniards to be the name of the plant]
 
to'baccoless
 
adj

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tobacco
1588, from Sp. tabaco, in part from an Arawakan (probably Taino) language of the Caribbean, said to mean "a roll of tobacco leaves" (according to Las Casas, 1552) or "a kind of pipe for smoking tobacco" (according to Oviedo, 1535). Scholars of Caribbean languages lean toward Las Casas' explanation. But
Sp. tabaco (also It. tabacco) was a name of medicinal herbs from c.1410, from Arabic tabbaq, attested since 9c. as the name of various herbs. So the word may be a European one transferred to an American plant. Cultivation in France began 1556 with an importation of seed by Andre Thevet; introduced in Spain 1558 by Francisco Fernandes. Tobacco Road as a mythical place representative of rural Southern U.S. poverty is from the title of Erskine Caldwell's 1932 novel.
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Example sentences for tobacco
He apparently just wants to relax with some drinking and tobacco smoking.
In some lands it is profitable to grow grain, potatoes, sugar beet, cotton and
  tobacco.
The bowls of tobacco pipes are commonly made of briar, corncob, meerschaum, and
  clay.
Metal metal is an uncommon material for making tobacco pipes, but they are not
  unknown.
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