[hem-puh n]

Origin of hempen

First recorded in 1325–75, hempen is from the Middle English word hempyn. See hemp, -en2
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Word Origin and History for hempen

"made of hemp," late 14c., from hemp + -en (2). In many figurative expressions 15c.-19c. it is in reference to the hangman's noose.

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