[ hash-eesh, -ish, ha-sheesh, hah- ]
/ ˈhæʃ iʃ, -ɪʃ, hæˈʃiʃ, hɑ- /


the flowering tops and leaves of Indian hemp smoked, chewed, or drunk as a narcotic and intoxicant.
the dried resinous exudate of the flowering tops of this plant, containing larger amounts of the active ingredient.

Nearby words

  1. hasher,
  2. hashhead,
  3. hashimite,
  4. hashimoto's disease,
  5. hashing,
  6. hashtag,
  7. hasid,
  8. hasidean,
  9. hasidic,
  10. hasidim

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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British Dictionary definitions for hashish


hasheesh (ˈhæʃiːʃ)

/ (ˈhæʃiːʃ, -ɪʃ) /


a purified resinous extract of the dried flower tops of the female hemp plant, used as a hallucinogenicSee also cannabis
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 hashish



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

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Medicine definitions for hashish


[ hăshēsh′, -ĭsh, hă-shēsh, hä- ]


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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