from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A concrete oil extracted from the leaves of tobacco. It has the smell of tobacco-smoke, and affords nicotine.
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Aside from nicotin it also contains small quantities of related substances -- nicotellin, nicotein, a camphoraceous substance termed nicotianin, said to give tobacco its characteristic flavor, and likewise
They are two in number, -- a volatile alkali, and a volatile oil, called _nicotin_ and _nicotianin_, respectively.
In masticating tobacco, nicotin and nicotianin are rolled about in the mouth with the quid, but are not probably so quickly absorbed as when in the gaseous state.
For while Hermstadt swallowed a grain of nicotianin with impunity, the vapor of pure nicotin is so irritating that it is difficult to breathe in a room in which a single drop has been evaporated.
a greater aroma and richness to the plant, by the variations in the quantity of nicotianin, as compared with the other organic elements, yet we are inclined to think that the diminished proportion of nicotin in the best varieties in the cause of their superior flavor to the rank