Tobacco
Tobacco To*bac"co, n. [Sp. tabaco, fr. the Indian tabaco the tube or pipe in which the Indians or Caribbees smoked this plant. Some derive the word from Tabaco, a province of Yucatan, where it was said to be first found by the Spaniards; others from the island of Tobago, one of the Caribbees. But these derivations are very doubtful.] 1. (Bot.) An American plant ({Nicotiana Tabacum}) of the Nightshade family, much used for smoking and chewing, and as snuff. As a medicine, it is narcotic, emetic, and cathartic. Tobacco has a strong, peculiar smell, and an acrid taste. [1913 Webster]

Note: The name is extended to other species of the genus, and to some unrelated plants, as Indian tobacco ({Nicotiana rustica}, and also {Lobelia inflata}), mountain tobacco ({Arnica montana}), and Shiraz tobacco ({Nicotiana Persica}). [1913 Webster]

2. The leaves of the plant prepared for smoking, chewing, etc., by being dried, cured, and manufactured in various ways. [1913 Webster]

{Tobacco box} (Zo["o]l.), the common American skate.

{Tobacco camphor}. (Chem.) See {Nicotianine}.

{Tobacco man}, a tobacconist. [R.]

{Tobacco pipe}. (a) A pipe used for smoking, made of baked clay, wood, or other material. (b) (Bot.) Same as {Indian pipe}, under {Indian}.

{Tobacco-pipe clay} (Min.), a species of clay used in making tobacco pipes; -- called also {cimolite}.

{Tobacco-pipe fish}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Pipemouth}.

{Tobacco stopper}, a small plug for pressing down the tobacco in a pipe as it is smoked.

{Tobacco worm} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of a large hawk moth ({Sphinx Carolina} syn. {Phlegethontius Carolina}). It is dark green, with seven oblique white stripes bordered above with dark brown on each side of the body. It feeds upon the leaves of tobacco and tomato plants, and is often very injurious to the tobacco crop. See Illust. of {Hawk moth}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tobacco — (n.) 1580s, 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • tobacco — [tə bak′ō] n. pl. tobaccos [Sp tabaco < ?; perhaps an old Sp name transferred to the New World plant] 1. any of a genus (Nicotiana) of chiefly tropical American plants of the nightshade family, with hairy, sticky foliage and long tubed, white …   English World dictionary

  • tobacco — см. Приложение 1 (Nicotaia tabacum). (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • tobacco — tobacco. См. табаки. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • tobacco — has the plural form tobaccos …   Modern English usage

  • tobacco — ► NOUN (pl. tobaccos) ▪ a preparation of the dried and fermented nicotine rich leaves of an American plant, used for smoking or chewing. ORIGIN Spanish tabaco …   English terms dictionary

  • Tobacco — For the plant genus, see Nicotiana. For the American electronic musician, see Tobacco (musician). Not to be confused with Tabacco. Part of a series on …   Wikipedia

  • tobacco — tobaccoless, adj. /teuh bak oh/, n., pl. tobaccos, tobaccoes. 1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Nicotiana, of the nightshade family, esp. one of those species, as N. tabacum, whose leaves are prepared for smoking or chewing or as… …   Universalium

  • tobacco — n. 1) to grow, raise tobacco 2) to cure tobacco 3) to chew tobacco 4) strong tobacco 5) chewing tobacco 6) a plug of (chewing) tobacco * * * [tə bækəʊ] raise tobacco a plug of (chewing) tobacco chewing tobacco strong tobacco …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Tobacco —    Indigenous to the Americas, tobacco is a sacred and powerful plant in many indigenous cultures. Its intoxicating effects were well known and rarely used for recreational purposes. In some cultures, it was never smoked or ingested in sufficient …   Historical dictionary of shamanism

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