One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A preparation of the nicotine-rich leaves of an American plant, which are cured by a process of drying and fermentation for smoking or chewing.
- ‘Smokeless tobacco comes in two main forms - snuff and chewing tobacco.’
- ‘This can happen due to variety of reasons, the commonest being smoking or chewing tobacco.’
- ‘That's not true, for medical evidence says that smoking or chewing tobacco can kill people.’
- ‘The socioeconomic differences are more marked for smoking than for chewing tobacco.’
- ‘There were three products, cut tobacco for pipes, roll tobacco for chewing and smoking, and snuff.’
- ‘With the anti-smoking campaigns the nation acknowledged the dangers of smoking tobacco.’
- ‘Colonial tobacconists began to ‘advertise’ their tobaccos using the iconography of the plant's origins and political economy.’
- ‘These groups are always in favor of raising taxes on tobacco and of banning smoking in public places.’
- ‘However the consumption of smoking tobacco is far lower than in any other European country.’
- ‘One of the major problems with smoking and chewing tobacco has to do with the chemical nicotine.’
- ‘Smokeless tobacco is most commonly used in rural regions but use in urban areas is growing.’
- ‘What I do know is that legal smoking of tobacco kills 4,700 New Zealanders a year.’
- ‘Oral intake of tobacco by chewing also increased the excretion as nicotine can be absorbed from oral mucosa.’
- ‘He taps the pipe's bowl against his palm, and throws the tobacco out the window before it burns him.’
- ‘The smoking of tobacco should eventually become an activity undertaken only by consenting adults in private.’
- ‘Most of the health risks associated with pot smoking are related to the tobacco its usually smoked with.’
- ‘Restaurants, pubs, or whoever wants it can apply for a licence which allows the smoking of tobacco on their premises.’
- ‘Drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco are also associated with an increased risk of developing mouth cancer.’
- ‘Cancer of the oral cavity is more common in people who chew tobacco or smoke pipes.’
- ‘Both tobacco and cannabis have a similar range of carcinogenic substances.’
2The plant of the nightshade family which yields tobacco, native to tropical America. It is widely cultivated in warm regions, especially in the US and China.
- ‘The integral mana of the tobacco plant has been abused as have the Native Americans from whom the plant was taken.’
- ‘Both tobacco, as a model plant species, and alfalfa have been transformed with the assembled constructs.’
- ‘While the tobacco plant is indigenous to North America, it is now commercially cultivated and naturalized in most sub tropical countries.’
- ‘He found it very difficult to sell his rye, his wheat, his barley, his sugar beet, his tobacco and other produce.’
- ‘Several carcinogens are derived from tobacco but also from areca nut.’
- 2.1 An ornamental plant related to tobacco.See nicotiana
- ‘Night-flying moths are especially keen on ornamental tobacco plants.’
Mid 16th century: from Spanish tabaco; said to be from a Carib word denoting a tobacco pipe or from a Taino word for a primitive cigar, but perhaps from Arabic.
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