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
In some ways, Ohio’s move Wednesday to sue several opioid makers harks back to the 1990s, when states took the tobacco industry to court and ultimately came away with a historic $206 billion settlement.
Gouldman was indicted on charges of bringing cellphones, tobacco and drugs to inmates, and pleaded guilty to extortion.
On May 4, police fired tear gas to disperse tobacco farmers protesting non-payment and hazardous living conditions at auction floors.
Planned Parenthood was among several groups that supported the recent state tobacco tax, which will funnel extra dollars to reimburse providers.
The sales should have been subject to Illinois' taxes on tobacco products, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in the news release.
Alcohol and tobacco use is down dramatically (in Naperville school districts 203 and 204).
As well, smoking is prohibited throughout the park, and yes, that includes any lighted tobacco product.
In the summer of 1619, two dozen white men met inside a church in Jamestown, Va., to set tobacco prices and enact prohibitions on gambling and drunkenness.
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Origin and Etymology of tobacco
Spanish tabaco, probably from Taino, roll of tobacco leaves
First Known Use: circa 1565
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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