or gan·jah

[gahn-juh, gan-]


marijuana, especially in the form of a potent preparation used chiefly for smoking.

Origin of ganja

1680–90; < Hindi gā̃jā hemp, the cut tops and leaves of nonfertilized female hemp plants; compare Sanskrit gañjā hemp Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of ganja

  • Clients supply transportation, lodging, and ingredients, including the preferred strain of ganja.

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    Meet the Julia Child of Weed

    Justin Jones

    November 13, 2014

  • From mochaccino to Mary Jane, from jitter juice to joint, from java to ganja, say bye-bye barista, hello pot-ista.

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    Criminalize Coffee, Not Cannabis

    Robert Rosenthal

    December 16, 2010

Historical Examples of ganja

British Dictionary definitions for ganja



a highly potent form of cannabis, usually used for smoking

Word Origin for ganja

from Hindi gājā, from Sanskrit grñja
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Word Origin and History for ganja

powerful preparation of cannabis sativa, 1800, from Hindi ganjha.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper