- Also called Indian hemp, marijuana. a tall, coarse plant, Cannabis sativa, that is native to Asia but naturalized or cultivated in many parts of the world and is the source of a valuable fiber as well as drugs such as marijuana and hashish.Compare cannabis.
- the tough fiber of this plant, used for making rope, coarse fabric, etc.
- any of various plants resembling hemp.
- any of various fibers similar to hemp.
- a narcotic drug, as marijuana or hashish, prepared from the hemp plant.
Origin of hemp
Examples from the Web for hemp
A total ban on hemp production was enacted in the late 1950s.The Chronic Chronicles: A History of Pot
July 6, 2014
Those trying to get high from hemp are likely to have about as much luck as those chugging O'Doul's.
“Make the most of the hemp seed and grow it everywhere,” George Washington instructed his new America.
If not for movies like Dazed and Confused, hemp would have all but disappeared from American discourse.
The fate of hemp production in America hangs in the balance.
Old Noll had a noose of hemp ready for horse-stealers, were they for King or for Parliament.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
As to hemp, it grows so strong as to be much fitter for making cables than cloth.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
It wouldn't be very hard; I could plait you one myself if I only had some hemp.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Or sow with hemp all the borders where cabbages are planted, so as to enclose them, and not one of these vermin will approach.
She will remember now that a skein of hemp thread is not the thing to line her nest with.Tales From Two Hemispheres
Hjalmar Hjorth Boysen
- Also called: cannabis, marijuana an annual strong-smelling Asian plant, Cannabis sativa, having tough fibres, deeply lobed leaves, and small greenish flowers: family CannabidaeceaeSee also Indian hemp
- the fibre of this plant, used to make canvas, rope, etc
- any of several narcotic drugs obtained from some varieties of this plant, esp from Indian hempSee bhang, cannabis, hashish, marijuana
Word Origin and History for hemp
Old English hænep "hemp, cannabis sativa," from Proto-Germanic *hanapiz (cf. Old Saxon hanap, Old Norse hampr, Old High German hanaf, German Hanf), probably a very early Germanic borrowing of the same Scythian word that became Greek kannabis (see cannabis). As the name of the fiber made from the plant, by c.1300. Slang sense of "marijuana" dates from 1940s; though scientific use for the narcotic derived from hemp dates to 1870.