Attested since 1588, borrowed from Spanishtabaco. The Spanish word is either from Arabicطَبَاق (ṭabāq, “a type of medicinal herb”), also طُبَاق (ṭubāq), or from a Taíno word meaning "roll of tobacco leaves" or "a pipe for smoking tobacco".
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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.