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[kan-uh-bis] /ˈkæn ə bɪs/
the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.
the flowering tops of the plant.
any of the various parts of the plant from which hashish, marijuana, bhang, and similar mildly euphorogenic and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared.
Origin of cannabis
1790-1800; < New Latin, Latin: hemp < Greek kánnabis; cognate with hemp
Related forms
cannabic, adjective Unabridged
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the hemp plant, esp Indian hemp (Cannabis indica) See hemp
the drug obtained from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which is smoked or chewed for its psychoactive properties. It produces euphoria and relaxation; repeated use may lead to psychological dependence See also cannabin, hashish, marijuana, bhang
Derived Forms
cannabic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin, from Greek kannabis; see hemp
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Word Origin and History for cannabis

1798, "common hemp," from Cannabis, Modern Latin plant genus named (1728), from Greek kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word. Also source of Armenian kanap', Albanian kanep, Russian konoplja, Persian kanab, Lithuanian kanapes "hemp," and English canvas and possibly hemp. In reference to use of the plant parts as an intoxicant, from 1848. Related: Cannabic.

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cannabis in Medicine

cannabis can·na·bis (kān'ə-bĭs)
Any of several mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drugs, such as hashish or marijuana, prepared from various parts of the hemp plant.

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