Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of narcotic plants of the order Solanaceæ and the tribe Cestrineæ, known by the many-seeded capsule and cleft calyx.
  • The literature of tobacco.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of American and Asiatic solanaceous herbs, with viscid foliage and funnel-shaped blossoms. Several species yield tobacco. See tobacco.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Solanaceae — the tobacco plants.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun American and Asiatic aromatic herbs and shrubs with viscid foliage

Etymologies

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New Latin, from Jean Nicot, French ambassador to Portugal, who sent seeds back to France in 1561, + -iana

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