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[hash-eesh, -ish, ha-sheesh, hah-] /ˈhæʃ iʃ, -ɪʃ, hæˈʃiʃ, hɑ-/
the flowering tops and leaves of Indian hemp smoked, chewed, or drunk as a narcotic and intoxicant.
the dried resinous exudate of the flowering tops of this plant, containing larger amounts of the active ingredient.
Also, hasheesh
[hah-sheesh, hah-sheesh] /ˈhɑ ʃiʃ, hɑˈʃiʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of hashish
First recorded in 1590-1600, hashish is from the Arabic word hashīsh literally, dry vegetation (e.g., hay) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hasheesh
Historical Examples
  • The intoxication is pleasant as the effect of opium or hasheesh.

  • And the chorus of laughter, which is part and parcel of a hasheesh jag, was tremendous.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • At one of them, about Easter, 40,000 persons indulge in hemp and hasheesh to a shocking degree.

    History of Sanitation John Joseph Cosgrove
  • But their humour, like the odor and smoke of gunjah, (hasheesh) was become stifling.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • I heard to night that Charley Vanderhuyn had been elected president of the hasheesh.

    Duffels Edward Eggleston
  • It was monstrous, he abhorred it, but could no more resist it than the hasheesh eater his drug.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • On leaving Damascus, the Demon of hasheesh still maintained a partial control over me.

    The Lands of the Saracen Bayard Taylor
  • hasheesh was eaten, so Gautier writes, by Boissard and by Baudelaire.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Here were the men drinking coffee infused with rose water, pepper, or mint, smoking tobacco and hasheesh.

    Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman
  • hasheesh was eaten, so Gautier writes, by Boissard and Baudelaire.

British Dictionary definitions for hasheesh


/ˈhæʃiːʃ; -ɪʃ/
a purified resinous extract of the dried flower tops of the female hemp plant, used as a hallucinogenic See also cannabis
any hallucinogenic substance prepared from this resin
Word Origin
C16: from Arabic hashīsh hemp, dried herbage
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Word Origin and History for hasheesh



1590s, from Arabic hashish "powdered hemp," literally "dry herb," from hashsha "it became dry, it dried up."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hasheesh in Medicine

hashish hash·ish (hāsh'ēsh', -ĭsh, hā-shēsh', hä-)
A purified resin prepared from the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant and smoked or chewed as a narcotic or an intoxicant.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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