[ hemp ]
/ hɛmp /


Also called Indian hemp, marijuana. a tall, coarse plant, Cannabis sativa, that is native to Asia but naturalized or cultivated in many parts of the world and is the source of a valuable fiber as well as drugs such as marijuana and hashish.Compare cannabis.
the tough fiber of this plant, used for making rope, coarse fabric, etc.
any of various plants resembling hemp.
any of various fibers similar to hemp.
a narcotic drug, as marijuana or hashish, prepared from the hemp plant.

Origin of hemp

before 1000; Middle English; Old English henep, hænep; cognate with German Hanf, Greek kánnabis

Related forms

hemp·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hemp


/ (hɛmp) /


Also called: cannabis, marijuana an annual strong-smelling Asian plant, Cannabis sativa, having tough fibres, deeply lobed leaves, and small greenish flowers: family CannabidaeceaeSee also Indian hemp
the fibre of this plant, used to make canvas, rope, etc
any of several narcotic drugs obtained from some varieties of this plant, esp from Indian hempSee bhang, cannabis, hashish, marijuana

Derived Forms

hempen or hemplike, adjective

Word Origin for hemp

Old English hænep; related to Old Norse hampr, Old High German hanaf, Greek kannabis, Dutch hennep
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