nicotian

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nicotian (not comparable)

  1. (dated) Relating to, or derived from, tobacco.
    • 1612, John Cotta, A short discoverie of the dangers of ignorant practisers of physicke, page 5:
      And from this Nicotian fume grow now adaies, doubtlessly, many our frequent complaints.
    • 1853, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Snow-Image, and Other Twice-Told Tales, Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, page 252:
      ...they had gotten themselves into the darkest corner of the room, and, heedless of the Nicotian atmosphere, were supping on the bread of their own ovens, and the bacon cured in their own chimney-smoke.
    • 2002, Hershel Parker, Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume 2, 151-1891, Johns Hopkins University Press, page 114:
      Chances are that Shaw and his companions took possession of the gentleman's smoking room in the converted basement... a suitable place for nicotian philosophical meditations.

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