nicotine

Part of speech: noun

A poisonous substance contained in tobacco; from Jean Nicot, who introduced tobacco into France. .

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Usage examples "nicotine":

  1. Chronic nicotine poisoning is the result of a gradual intoxication by the absorption of the active principle of tobacco, the alkaloid nicotine. - "The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines", T. H. Pardo de Tavera.
  2. The air, new and fine from the hands of its Maker, acquired a distinct flavor of nicotine as it flitted past the yacht. - "Captivating Mary Carstairs", Henry Sydnor Harrison.
  3. I very cleverly pretended that I had swallowed some nicotine, and, after a polite pause for my answer, he went off to the subject of pearl fishing at Thursday Island. - "A Dominie in Doubt", A. S. Neill.