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Attested since 1588, borrowed from Spanish tabaco. The Spanish word is either from Arabic طَبَاق (ṭabāq, a type of medicinal herb), also طُبَاق (ṭubāq), or from a Taino word meaning "roll of tobacco leaves"[1] or "a pipe for smoking tobacco".[2]



tobacco (countable and uncountable, plural tobaccos or tobaccoes)

  1. (uncountable) Any plant of the genus Nicotiana.
  2. (uncountable) Leaves of Nicotiana tabacum and some other species cultivated and harvested to make cigarettes, cigars, snuff, for smoking in pipes or for chewing.
    • 2013 September 7, “Unlucky strike”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8852:
      Tobacco-settlement bonds are a tribute both to the inventiveness of bankers and the childlike impatience of politicians.
  3. (countable) A variety of tobacco.
    Tobaccos from the Connecticut Valley were used for wrapping cigars.

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tobacco (third-person singular simple present tobaccos, present participle tobaccoing, simple past and past participle tobaccoed)

  1. (intransitive) To indulge in tobacco; to smoke.
  2. (transitive) To treat with tobacco.
    • 1918, Tropical Diseases Bulletin (volume 12, page 412)
      The most satisfactory method of tobaccoing houses is that of stitching the leaves on to a piece of cloth like a strip of matting, which is then laid on the floor. Powdered tobacco should be introduced into rat holes, which can then be firmly closed up with bricks and mortar. Experiments carried out in the City of Hyderabad seem to have been very satisfactory.

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  1. ^ Las Casas, 1552 (supports the gloss "roll of tobacco leaves")
  2. ^ Oviedo, 1535 (supports the gloss "pipe for smoking")