Definition of tobacco in English:


Syllabification: to·bac·co
Pronunciation: /təˈbakō

noun (plural tobaccos)

1A preparation of the nicotine-rich leaves of an American plant, which are cured by a process of drying and fermentation for smoking or chewing.
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  • This can happen due to variety of reasons, the commonest being smoking or chewing tobacco.
  • The socioeconomic differences are more marked for smoking than for chewing tobacco.
  • One of the major problems with smoking and chewing tobacco has to do with the chemical nicotine.
2 (also tobacco plant) The plant of the nightshade family that yields tobacco, native to tropical America. It is widely cultivated in warm regions, especially in the US and China.
  • Nicotiana tabacum, family Solanaceae. See also nicotiana
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  • The integral mana of the tobacco plant has been abused as have the Native Americans from whom the plant was taken.
  • Both tobacco, as a model plant species, and alfalfa have been transformed with the assembled constructs.
  • While the tobacco plant is indigenous to North America, it is now commercially cultivated and naturalized in most sub tropical countries.


mid 16th century: from Spanish tabaco.

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