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[ ni-koh-shee-ey-nuh, -an-uh, -ah-nuh ]
/ nɪˌkoʊ ʃiˈeɪ nə, -ˈæn ə, -ˈɑ nə /


any plant belonging to the genus Nicotiana, of the nightshade family, especially one grown for its ornamental value, as flowering tobacco.

Nearby words

nicolson, nicolson, marjorie hope, nicomedia, nicosia, nicostratus, nicotiana, nicotin-, nicotinamide, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate, nicotine

Origin of nicotiana

1590–1600; < New Latin (herba) nicotiana Nicot's (herb) (after Jacques Nicot (1530–1600), said to have introduced tobacco into France); see -ian, -a2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nicotiana


/ (nɪˌkəʊʃɪˈɑːnə, -ˈeɪnə) /


any solanaceous plant of the American and Australian genus Nicotiana, such as tobacco, having white, yellow, or purple fragrant flowers

Word Origin for nicotiana

C16: see nicotine
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