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noun (in the Middle East)
  1. a state of drowsy contentment, especially from the use of a narcotic.
  2. Also keef. a substance, especially a smoking preparation of hemp leaves, used to produce this state.
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Also kief, kif.

Origin of kef

First recorded in 1800–10, kef is from the Arabic word kaif well-being, pleasure
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Related Words for kef

fiber, marijuana, cannabis, hashish, flax, bhang, jute, bang, fennel, abaca, manila, ambary, kef, kif

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British Dictionary definitions for kef

kef

noun
  1. a variant of kif
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Word Origin and History for kef

n.

1808, from Arabic kaif "well-being, good-humor." Specifically, state of dreaming intoxication produced by smoking cannabis; dolce far niente. In Morocco and Algeria, it was the name for Indian hemp.

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