[hash-eesh, -ish, ha-sheesh, hah-]
  1. the flowering tops and leaves of Indian hemp smoked, chewed, or drunk as a narcotic and intoxicant.
  2. the dried resinous exudate of the flowering tops of this plant, containing larger amounts of the active ingredient.
Also hash·eesh [hah-sheesh, hah-sheesh] /ˈhɑ ʃiʃ, hɑˈʃiʃ/.

Origin of hashish

First recorded in 1590–1600, hashish is from the Arabic word hashīsh literally, dry vegetation (e.g., hay)
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Historical Examples of hasheesh

  • And the chorus of laughter, which is part and parcel of a hasheesh jag, was tremendous.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • But their humour, like the odor and smoke of gunjah, (hasheesh) was become stifling.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • It was monstrous, he abhorred it, but could no more resist it than the hasheesh eater his drug.


    James Huneker

  • I heard to night that Charley Vanderhuyn had been elected president of the Hasheesh.


    Edward Eggleston

  • The intoxication is pleasant as the effect of opium or hasheesh.

British Dictionary definitions for hasheesh


hasheesh (ˈhæʃiːʃ)

  1. a purified resinous extract of the dried flower tops of the female hemp plant, used as a hallucinogenicSee also cannabis
  2. any hallucinogenic substance prepared from this resin

Word Origin for hashish

C16: from Arabic hashīsh hemp, dried herbage
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Word Origin and History for hasheesh



1590s, from Arabic hashish "powdered hemp," literally "dry herb," from hashsha "it became dry, it dried up."

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hasheesh in Medicine


[hăshēsh′, -ĭsh, hă-shēsh, hä-]
  1. A purified resin prepared from the flowering tops of the female cannabis plant and smoked or chewed as a narcotic or an intoxicant.
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