from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or derived from, tobacco.
  • n. Tobacco.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tobacco.
  • n. One who smokes or chews tobacco.
  • Pertaining to or derived from tobacco.


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  • Of all the weeds grown on earth, sure the nicotian is the most soothing and salutary.

    The History of Henry Esmond

  • South with cotton, rice, sugar, etc. Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee evinced their noted superiority in the culture of the nicotian plant, which is in such great favor with the consumers of tobacco.

    By Water to the Columbian Exposition

  • Having finished the satisfying of his own inward man; and commenced the indulgence of adding his contribution to the general nicotian pregnated atmosphere, while proceeding about his vocation, he replied to William's various questions with a wonderful alacrity and volubility, strangely contrasting with the taciturn moroseness which had appeared to be his usual manner.

    Fern Vale (Volume 1) or the Queensland Squatter

  • The nicotian flower the sole object in the scene of disaster, on which the eye can rest with a sensation of relief.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847.

  • University statute of 1636 (still unrepealed) which warns students against "frequenting dicing houses, taverns, or booths where the nicotian herb is sold," they went into Hedderly's together to buy tobacco.


  • He seemed as if he might have been manufactured in a tobacco factory, so was the whole man permeated by nicotian odors of various sorts, but he politely declined to smoke during the long and wearing consultation, even with the permission of the ladies present, and stowed away in his breast pocket the cigars that Bayne pressed upon him, as he remarked, for reference at a moment of greater leisure.

    The Ordeal A Mountain Romance of Tennessee

  • Even the trading-house showed a closed door, and the English trader, his pipe in his mouth, smoked with no latent significance, but merely to garner its nicotian solace, sat with a group of the elder braves and watched the barbaric sport with an interest as keen as if he had been born and bred an Indian instead of native to the far-away dales of Devonshire.

    The Frontiersmen

  • But was that gossamer-like illusion, lying upon the far horizon, the magic of nicotian, or the vague presence of distant heights?

    In the Tennessee mountains,

  • Herbert Murray walked briskly up the street till he reached the tobacconist's, where he paused a moment, to look at the numerous varieties of the nicotian herb displayed in the window, along with pipes and cigar tubes of every shape and pattern.

    Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks Book Number Fifteen in the Jack Harkaway Series

  • About the year 1560, it was introduced into France by Jean Nicot, who gave it his own name; for _savants_ call this plant _nicotian_.

    Aventures d'un jeune naturaliste. English


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