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nicotine

Meaning: a toxic, addictive liquid found in the tobacco plant

For example:

  • My nicotine patch is supposed to help me stop smoking.

  • It's the nicotine that makes cigarettes so addicting.

Origin: Jean Nicot (1530-1600) was a French ambassador to Portugal. He introduced tobacco to France, and claimed it had healing properties. The addictive substance was later named after him.

Quick Quiz:

Which is true about nicotine?

a. It's made from cigarettes.

b. It's used in cigarettes.

c. It's grown for cigarettes.

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Contributor: Tara Benwell