(3 syl.) is so named from Jean Nicot, Lord of Villemain, who
purchased some tobacco at Lisbon in 1560, introduced it into France,
and had the honour of fixing his name on the plant. Our word tobacco is
from the Indian tabaco (the tube used by the Indians for
inhaling the smoke).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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