tobacco

noun
to·​bac·​co | \ tə-ˈba-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce tobacco (audio) \
plural tobaccos

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

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Examples of tobacco in a Sentence

a farm that grows tobacco a state tax on tobacco

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First Known Use of tobacco

circa 1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tobacco

Spanish tabaco, probably from Taino, roll of tobacco leaves

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tobacco

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tobacco

: 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

noun
to·​bac·​co | \ tə-ˈba-kō How to pronounce tobacco (audio) \
plural tobaccos

Kids Definition of tobacco

: 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

tobacco

noun
to·​bac·​co | \ tə-ˈbak-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce tobacco (audio) \
plural tobaccos

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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