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A plant from the nightshade family. The leaves are cured by drying or fermenting and then smoked or chewed. Tobacco is a plant species indigenous to the Americas and, similar to other nightshade species, has a history of cultivation and use for ceremonial purposes among many indigenous cultures throughout the Americas.

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"True Americans Tobacco label. Chromolithograph by Louis E. Neuman & Co., New York, ca. 1885" by trialsanderrors is licensed under CC BY.