Definition of tobacco
1 : any of a genus (Nicotiana) of chiefly American plants of the nightshade family with viscid foliage and tubular flowers; especially : a tall erect annual tropical American herb (N. tabacum) cultivated for its leaves
2 : the leaves of cultivated tobacco prepared for use in smoking or chewing or as snuff
3 : manufactured products of tobacco (such as cigars or cigarettes); also : smoking as a practice has sworn off tobacco
4 : a moderate brown
Examples of tobacco in a Sentence
a farm that grows tobacco
a state tax on tobacco
Recent Examples of tobacco from the Web
The WHO reckons there is ample scope to raise taxes on tobacco products, which is also the best way to reduce consumption.
The FDA has the authority to make tobacco companies take the holes off.
Replication grants’ will allow researchers to repeat nine influential studies that still raise questions Is experimenting with e-cigarettes among young people associated with a higher risk of smoking tobacco?
Public health groups say the regulations could allow many newer tobacco products to escape scrutiny just as more people, including teenagers, are using them.
Negotiators have been discussing several options, including borrowing money against a state fund for tobacco settlement money to cover last fiscal year’s projected $1.5 billion budget shortfall.
The alcohol and tobacco bills also were approved by narrow margins in both chambers.
A city ordinance that went into effect Jan. 1 prohibits the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
This class of chemicals is associated with burning coal, oil, gasoline, wood and tobacco.
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Origin and Etymology of tobacco
Spanish tabaco, probably from Taino, roll of tobacco leaves
First Known Use: circa 1565See Words from the same year
TOBACCO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tobacco for English Language Learners
: a plant that produces leaves which are smoked in cigarettes, pipes, etc.
: the leaves of the tobacco plant used for smoking or chewing
: products (such as cigars or cigarettes) that are made from tobacco
TOBACCO Defined for Kids
Definition of tobacco for Students
: the usually large sticky leaves of a tall plant related to the potato that are dried and prepared for use in smoking or chewing or as snuff
Medical Definition of tobacco
1: any plant of the genus Nicotiana; especially : an annual South American herb (N. tabacum) cultivated for its leaves
2: the leaves of cultivated tobacco prepared for use in smoking or chewing or as snuff
3: manufactured products of tobacco; also : the use of tobacco as a practice
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