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 (nĭ-kō′shē-ăn′ə, -ä′nə, -ā′nə)
Any of various flowering plants of the genus Nicotiana of the nightshade family, native chiefly to the Americas and including tobacco plants and ornamental species with fragrant flowers.

[New Latin (herba) nicotiāna, (herb of) Nicot, nicotiana, after Jean Nicot (1530?-1600), French diplomat.]


(nɪˌkəʊʃɪˈɑːnə; -ˈeɪnə)
(Plants) any solanaceous plant of the American and Australian genus Nicotiana, such as tobacco, having white, yellow, or purple fragrant flowers
[C16: see nicotine]


(nɪˌkoʊ ʃiˈeɪ nə, -ˈæn ə, -ˈɑ nə)

n., pl. -nas.
any plant of the genus Nicotiana, of the nightshade family, esp. one grown for its ornamental value.
[1590–1600; < New Latin (herba) nicotiana Nicot's (herb) (after Jacques Nicot (1530–1600))]
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Noun1.nicotiana - American and Asiatic aromatic herbs and shrubs with viscid foliageNicotiana - American and Asiatic aromatic herbs and shrubs with viscid foliage
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
family Solanaceae, potato family, Solanaceae - large and economically important family of herbs or shrubs or trees often strongly scented and sometimes narcotic or poisonous; includes the genera Solanum, Atropa, Brugmansia, Capsicum, Datura, Hyoscyamus, Lycopersicon, Nicotiana, Petunia, Physalis, and Solandra
tobacco plant, tobacco - aromatic annual or perennial herbs and shrubs
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Even within the limits of the same genus, we meet with this same difference; for instance, the many species of Nicotiana have been more largely crossed than the species of almost any other genus; but Gartner found that N.
THESE South American relatives of our tomatoes, potatoes, Nicotianas and Salpiglossis have been with us since the early half of the 19th Century and have been a popular focus of plant breeders since, tempting us with gradually improving flower colours, habits of growth, weather resistance and disease resistance.
SOW annual rudbeckias, nicotianas, love-lies-bleeding and ten-week stocks in pots to have a supply of late-flowering plants to fill gaps in flowerbeds.