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.

Nearby words

  1. canlit,
  2. canna,
  3. cannabin,
  4. cannabinoid,
  5. cannabinol,
  6. cannabism,
  7. cannae,
  8. cannanore,
  9. canned,
  10. canned heat

Origin of cannabis

1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin: hemp < Greek kánnabis; cognate with hemp

Related formscan·na·bic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cannabis



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 dependenceSee also cannabin, hashish, marijuana, bhang
Derived Formscannabic, adjective

Word Origin for cannabis

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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Medicine definitions for cannabis




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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