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Lobelia Inflata

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lobelia \Lo*be"li*a\ (?; 106), noun [NL. So called from Lobel, botanist to King James I.] (Bot.) A genus of plants, including a great number of species. {Lobelia inflata}, or Indian tobacco, is an annual plant of North America, whose leaves contain a poisonous white viscid juice, of an acrid taste. It has often been used in medicine as an emetic, expectorant, etc. {Lobelia cardinalis} is the cardinal flower, remarkable for the deep and vivid red color of its flowers.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lobeline \Lo*be"line\, noun (Chem.) A poisonous narcotic alkaloid extracted from the leaves of Indian tobacco ({Lobelia inflata}) as a yellow oil, having a tobaccolike taste and odor.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Tobacco \To*bac"co\, noun [Sp. tabaco, fr. the Indian tabaco the tube or pipe in which the Indians or Caribbees smoked this plant. Some derive the word from Tabaco, a province of Yucatan, where it was said to be first found by the Spaniards; others from the island of Tobago, one of the Caribbees. But these derivations are very doubtful.]

1. (Bot.) An American plant ({Nicotiana Tabacum}) of the Nightshade family, much used for smoking and chewing, and as snuff. As a medicine, it is narcotic, emetic, and cathartic. Tobacco has a strong, peculiar smell, and an acrid taste.

Note: The name is extended to other species of the genus, and to some unrelated plants, as Indian tobacco ({Nicotiana rustica}, and also {Lobelia inflata}), mountain tobacco ({Arnica montana}), and Shiraz tobacco ({Nicotiana Persica}).

2. The leaves of the plant prepared for smoking, chewing, etc., by being dried, cured, and manufactured in various ways.

{Tobacco box} (Zool.), the common American skate.

{Tobacco camphor}. (Chem.) See {Nicotianine}.

{Tobacco man}, a tobacconist. [R.]

{Tobacco pipe}. (a) A pipe used for smoking, made of baked clay, wood, or other material. (b) (Bot.) Same as {Indian pipe}, under {Indian}.

{Tobacco-pipe clay} (Min.), a species of clay used in making tobacco pipes; -- called also {cimolite}.

{Tobacco-pipe fish}. (Zool.) See {Pipemouth}.

{Tobacco stopper}, a small plug for pressing down the tobacco in a pipe as it is smoked.

{Tobacco worm} (Zool.), the larva of a large hawk moth ({Sphinx Carolina} syn. {Phlegethontius Carolina}). It is dark green, with seven oblique white stripes bordered above with dark brown on each side of the body. It feeds upon the leaves of tobacco and tomato plants, and is often very injurious to the tobacco crop. See Illust. of {Hawk moth}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

bladderpod \blad"der*pod\ n.

1. a North American wild lobelia ({Lobelia inflata}) having small blue flowers and inflated capsules formerly used as an antispasmodic.

Syn: Indian tobacco. [WordNet 1.5]

2. any of a number of annual or perennial herbs with inflated seed pods; some are placed in the genus {Lesquerella}. [WordNet 1.5]

3. any of several plants of the genus {Physaria} having racemose yellow flowers and inflated pods. [WordNet 1.5]

4. any of several hairy North American herbs having yellow racemose flowers and inflated pods. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Lobelia inflata

noun

1: North American wild lobelia having small blue flowers and inflated capsules formerly used as an antispasmodic [syn: {Indian tobacco}, {bladderpod}, {Lobelia inflata}]

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