Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Tobacco: an Indian name said to be still in use in some parts of Canada.
“Then taking out a short wooden pipe, he filled it with the coarse and bitter tobacco of Brazil, of which the leaves belong to that old _ "petun" _ introduced into France by Nicot, to whom we owe the popularization of the most productive and widespread of the solanaceae.”
“They originated in South America, are part of the tomato and potato family and the name is French from the word "petun," meaning tobacco.”
“Then taking out a short wooden pipe, he filled it with the coarse and bitter tobacco of Brazil, of which the leaves belong to that old “petun” introduced into France by Nicot, to whom we owe the popularization of the most productive and widespread of the solanaceae.”
“Moon, came out of the far woods, they took great care to propitiate the evil intelligences which sit upon her horns, plotting mischief to mortals, by liberal gifts of _petun_, or collars of beads, or ears of maize, or skins of animals.”
“They throw petun (tobacco) into the fire, and if, for example, they are addressing Heaven, they say”
“The natives of this continent call it _petun_; those of the islands, _yoli_.”
“ Here they saw in cultivation the rank narcotic _petun_, or tobacco,  just beginning to spread out its broad velvet leaves to the sun, the sole luxury of savage life.”
“_tubb [= a] q_ and _petun_ are the ancestors of the Indian names for the weed, that by 1503, Negroes in large numbers were living in America, deserting their masters to join the Indians, that the Negroes in”
“_petun_ became imbedded in several Indian languages.”
“_petun_; the natives of the islands called it _yoli_.”
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