smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe that is involuntarily inhaled, especially by nonsmokers.
DISCOVER THE INFLUENCE OF PORTUGUESE ON ENGLISH VIA THIS QUIZ!
We’ve gathered some interesting words donated to English from Portuguese … as well as some that just don’t translate at all. Do you know what they mean?
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of secondhand smoke
First recorded in 1975–80
Words nearby secondhand smoke
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Medical definitions for secondhand smoke
[ sĕk′ənd-hănd′ ]
Cigarette, cigar, or pipe smoke that is inhaled unintentionally by nonsmokers and is injurious to their health if inhaled regularly over a long period of time.passive smoke
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