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[ni-koh-shee-ey-nuh, -an-uh, -ah-nuh]
  1. any plant belonging to the genus Nicotiana, of the nightshade family, especially one grown for its ornamental value, as flowering tobacco.
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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
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Examples from the Web for nicotiana

Historical Examples

  • There are many species of Nicotiana, some of which are very ornamental.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • Fig. 97 represents two flowers of Nicotiana affinis, one of which has been cut.

    The Nursery Book

    Liberty Hyde Bailey

  • The tobacco of commerce (Nicotiana tabacum) was introduced from the West Indies.

  • There are no elaborate mummeries about our service in the temple of Nicotiana.

  • Some of the giant Nicotianas are excellent subjects for temporary screens; so is tobacco, which is also a Nicotiana.

British Dictionary definitions for nicotiana


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

C16: see nicotine
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