- the male or staminate plant of hemp, which is harvested before the female or pistillate plant.
Origin of fimble
1400–50; late Middle English femaille (hempe) female (hemp)
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Fimble, fim′bl, n. the male plant of hemp, yielding a weaker and shorter fibre than the Carl hemp or female plant.
- the male plant of the hemp, which matures before the female plant
Word Origin for fimble
C15: from Middle Dutch femeel, from Old French chanvre femelle female hemp, from chanvre hemp + femelle female
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