from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Nicotine.
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Its active principle, an alkaloid — nicotine or nicotia — is combined with a vegetable acid.
Its active principle, an alkaloid -- nicotine or nicotia
The organic base, _nicotin_, (or _nicotia_, as some chemists prefer to call it,) exists in tobacco combined with an acid in excess, and in this state is not volatile.
It has been shown to contain the alkaloid nicotia, and this is probably its only active component.
When I was a child, there were petunias planted along that path, and now, it's nicotia … but … close enough.
"There is little glory in raising nicotia, and sipping bumbo, and cursing negroes.