noun, plural to·bac·cos, to·bac·coes.
- tobacco beetle,
- tobacco budworm,
- tobacco heart,
- tobacco hornworm,
- tobacco mosaic
Origin of tobacco
Examples from the Web for tobacco
You spice it with blues and skiffle music, and pickle it in alcohol and tobacco smoke.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker|Ted Gioia|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the dense atmosphere of tobacco and conspiracy, one hot topic has been the death penalty.Ukraine Rebels Love Russia, Hate Gays, Threaten Executions|Anna Nemtsova|October 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My grandfather lived fast and large—he liked his liquor and his tobacco, and he was also an ace gambler.
His reasoning was twofold, he said: He saw the effects of tobacco both on his father and on the developing world.
An AVA is decided, incredibly, not by wine connoisseurs but by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.Napa’s Earthquake Is Not The Only Thing Shaking The Vineyards|Clive Irving|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I struck several, but each went out in the high wind before igniting the tobacco.The International Spy|Allen Upward
Tobacco exhausted the soil, and soil exhaustion led to an ever-widening search for new land.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
The authorities in England were continually clamoring for products to supplement the tobacco exports.Agriculture in Virginia, 1607-1699|Lyman Carrier
He sent out a cloud of tobacco smoke and set back his shoulders.The Tempering|Charles Neville Buck
In lieu of money the gamblers wagered with cedar-berries, each of which berries represented a pipeful of tobacco.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
noun plural -cos or -coes
Word Origin for tobacco
1580s, from Spanish tabaco, in part from an Arawakan (probably Taino) language of the Caribbean, said to mean "a roll of tobacco leaves" (according to Las Casas, 1552) or "a kind of pipe for smoking tobacco" (according to Oviedo, 1535). Scholars of Caribbean languages lean toward Las Casas' explanation. But Spanish tabaco (also Italian tabacco) was a name of medicinal herbs from early 15c., from Arabic tabbaq, attested since 9c. as the name of various herbs. So the word may be a European one transferred to an American plant. The West Indian island of Tobago was said to have been named by Columbus in 1498 from Haitian tambaku "pipe," in reference to the native custom of smoking dried tobacco leaves [Room].
Cultivation in France began 1556 with an importation of seed by Andre Thevet; introduced in Spain 1558 by Francisco Fernandes. Tobacco Road as a mythical place representative of rural Southern U.S. poverty is from the title of Erskine Caldwell's 1932 novel.