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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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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.
Nicotianas are good in borders and some are perfect for containers.