tobacco

noun
to·​bac·​co | \ tə-ˈba-(ˌ)kō \
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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For the new program, Truth Initiative is tailoring strategies from their existing digital programs for tobacco cessation to those who want to quit vaping. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "So, You Want to Quit Vaping...," 1 Feb. 2019 The result is a slightly crunchy, intriguingly bitter chile oil with hints of chocolate, tobacco and smoke. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chester Gerl’s versatile, crunchy salsa macha is so much more than a chip dip," 2 Jan. 2019 The site was formerly home to a warehouse where the National Tobacco Co. dried and packaged leaves from Kentucky tobacco farms. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Proposed Russell sports complex receives $10 million in city funding," 2 July 2018 Gottlieb told USA Today that the FDA is weighing the benefits of e-cigarettes in helping adults to quit smoking against the risk of kids becoming addicted to tobacco through vaping. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Virginia woman severely burned in vape device explosion: report," 18 Sep. 2018 Scott Olson / Getty Images The e-cigarette company Juul is effectively giving out free money to its investors and employees as part of its agreement to sell 35 percent of the company to Altria, the tobacco giant. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "In an extraordinary move, Juul is trying to make peace with its investors and employees by paying them more than $4 billion," 21 Dec. 2018 Instead of burning tobacco to deliver a nicotine hit, e-cigarettes use a battery to heat a liquid that gives the user the same kind of kick. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Big tobacco just spent $12.8 billion to get a taste of Juul," 20 Dec. 2018 The findings suggest that the total number of high-school students using tobacco surged by 1.3 million between 2017 and 2018. Karen Kaplan, The Seattle Times, "Vaping among teens spikes, luring new generation of kids into tobacco use," 18 Dec. 2018 Until opening their new factory, the trio used to hand-make all of their ceramics in an old tobacco farm in Madison County, just outside Asheville. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Asheville, the Arts-Filled City Where Pottery Is Thriving," 23 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of tobacco was circa 1565

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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 \
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 \
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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