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or gan·jah

[gahn-juh, gan-]
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  1. marijuana, especially in the form of a potent preparation used chiefly for smoking.
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Origin of ganja

1680–90; < Hindi gā̃jā hemp, the cut tops and leaves of nonfertilized female hemp plants; compare Sanskrit gañjā hemp
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  1. a highly potent form of cannabis, usually used for smoking
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Word Origin

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.

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