E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nicotine (3 syl.)
is so named from Jean Nicot, Lord of Villemain, who purchased some tobacco at Lisbon in 1560, introduced it into France, and had the honour of fixing his name on the plant. Our word tobacco is from the Indian tabaco (the tube used by the Indians for inhaling the smoke).