Tobacco refers to the leaves of the tobacco plant that have been dried and processed for people to roll up and smoke. Tobacco is the main ingredient in cigarettes, and of course, chewing tobacco.

Tobacco was used for fun in the Americas way before the Europeans came, but it was cultivated in France in the 1500s, and is still going strong. The word tobacco probably came from the Caribbean. The name Tobacco Road is from a novel by Erskine Caldwell, but is used to describe a section of North Carolina that produced a lot of tobacco. Tobacco is mainly used in cigarettes, which are really bad for your health.

Definitions of tobacco
  1. noun
    aromatic annual or perennial herbs and shrubs
    synonyms: tobacco plant
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    Jasmine tobacco, Nicotiana alata, flowering tobacco
    South American ornamental perennial having nocturnally fragrant greenish-white flowers
    Nicotiana tabacum, common tobacco
    tall erect South American herb with large ovate leaves and terminal clusters of tubular white or pink flowers; cultivated for its leaves
    Indian tobacco, Nicotiana rustica, wild tobacco
    tobacco plant of South America and Mexico
    Nicotiana glauca, mustard tree, tree tobacco
    evergreen South American shrub naturalized in United States; occasionally responsible for poisoning livestock
    type of:
    herb, herbaceous plant
    a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
  2. noun
    leaves of the tobacco plant dried and prepared for smoking or ingestion
    synonyms: baccy
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    the tobacco used to form the core of a cigar
    roll of tobacco, smoke
    tobacco leaves that have been made into a cylinder
    smoking mixture
    a blend of tobaccos to be smoked in a pipe
    finely powdered tobacco for sniffing up the nose
    a strong coarse tobacco that has been shredded
    Turkish tobacco
    a dark aromatic tobacco of eastern Europe that is used in cigarettes
    a roll of tobacco for smoking
    butt, cigaret, cigarette, coffin nail, fag
    finely ground tobacco wrapped in paper; for smoking
    strong snuff made from dark coarse tobacco
    aromatic Turkish tobacco
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    drug of abuse, street drug
    a drug that is taken for nonmedicinal reasons (usually for mind-altering effects); drug abuse can lead to physical and mental damage and (with some substances) dependence and addiction
    plant product
    a product made from plant material
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