Etymology: From w:Jean Nicot, Jean Nicot, French ambassador to Portugal, who sent tobacco seeds back to France in 1561.
- (chemistry) An alkaloid (C10H14N2), commonly occurring in the tobacco plant. In small doses it is a habit-forming stimulant, in larger doses it is toxic and is often used in insecticides. It is possibly a carcinogen.
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