Meaning of TOBACCO in English


n. (pl. -os)

1. (in full tobacco-plant) any plant of the genus Nicotiana, of American origin, with narcotic leaves used for smoking, chewing, or snuff.

2 its leaves, esp. as prepared for smoking.

Phrases and idioms:

tobacco mosaic virus a virus that causes mosaic disease in tobacco, much used in biochemical research. tobacco-pipe see PIPE n. 2. tobacco-stopper an instrument for pressing down the tobacco in a pipe.

Etymology: Sp. tabaco, of Amer. Ind. orig.

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.