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  1. a mild preparation of marijuana made from young leaves and stems of the Indian hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, drunk with milk or water as a fermented brew or smoked for its hallucinogenic effects.
  2. a water pipe.
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Origin of bhang

1555–65; < Hindi bhāng < Sanskrit bhangā hemp
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  • Often enough they are almost overcome with the opium or bhang they have taken.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton

  • In India it is chiefly for the resin, "haschisch, churrus, bhang."

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Sometimes the leaves and stalks are dried in order to make the drug "bhang."

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • On one occasion490 they secretly filled his pipe with hashish (Bhang).

    Bahaism and Its Claims

    Samuel Graham Wilson

  • Bhang consists of the larger leaves and capsules of the plant on which an efflorescence of resinous matter has occurred.

British Dictionary definitions for bhang



  1. a preparation of the leaves and flower tops of Indian hemp, which has psychoactive properties: much used in IndiaSee also cannabis
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Word Origin

C16: from Hindi bhāng
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Word Origin and History for bhang


1590s, from Hindi bhang "narcotic from hemp," from Sanskrit bhangah "hemp." Cognate with Russian penika, Polish pienka (from Russian) "hemp." The word first appears in Western Europe in Portuguese (1560s).

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