ni·​co·​ti·​a·​na | \ ni-ˌkō-shē-ˈa-nə How to pronounce nicotiana (audio) , -ˈä-nə, -ˈā-nə How to pronounce nicotiana (audio) \

Definition of nicotiana

: any of several tobaccos (such as Nicotiana alata) grown for their showy flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web In my garden, dill and nicotiana take top honors for excess. Margaret Roach, New York Times, "Shopping Your Garden," 28 Apr. 2020 Other annuals that self-sow are Verbena bonariensis (tall verbena), nicotiana, calendula and various poppies (including the breadseed or opium poppy, Papaver somniferum). Margaret Roach, New York Times, "Shopping Your Garden," 28 Apr. 2020 Flowers to start: Asters, nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia, salpiglossis, schizanthus, nigella, phlox, nemesia, marigold, nasturtiums Geese, seagulls, thrushes: This is the week! Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners have lots of questions about seeds and seedlings," 9 Apr. 2020 Among flowers, good bets are breadseed or ladybird poppies, California poppies, foxglove, nigella, columbine, nicotiana, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, coreopsis, calendula and scabiosa. Pam Peirce,, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Try planting dahlia, French marigold, nicotiana, evening primrose, thyme, raspberry, or honeysuckle. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 Indicator proteins glow under ultraviolet light on the leaves of the nicotiana benthamiana plant, which is a close relative of tobacco, as a means to assess the success of bacteria spread at Icon Genetics, August 14, 2014, in Halle, Germany. Zoë Schlanger, Newsweek, "Plantibodies Could Pave the Road to Wellness," 15 Dec. 2014 For spring and summer flowers, plant seed for aster, cornflower, cosmos, larkspur, nasturtium, nicotiana, periwinkle, portulaca, rudbeckia, salvia, snapdragon, verbena and zinnias. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "What to plant now? March offers wide range of gardening opportunities | The Sacramento Bee," 2 Mar. 2018 Cyclamen, foxglove, nicotiana, forget-me-not, lobelia and primrose are good for the shadier spots (about two hours of direct sun or dappled light)., "29 flowering plants to add to your fall garden in South Louisiana," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nicotiana

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nicotiana

New Latin, from herba nicotiana, literally, Nicot's herb, from Jean Nicot †1600 French diplomat and scholar

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“Nicotiana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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Ni·​co·​ti·​ana | \ ni-ˌkō-shē-ˈan-ə How to pronounce Nicotiana (audio) \

Medical Definition of Nicotiana

: a genus of American and Asian herbs or shrubs of the family Solanaceae that have viscid foliage, tubular flowers, and a many-seeded capsule and that include the cultivated tobacco (N. tabacum)

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