or ma·ri·hua·na

[ mar-uh-wah-nuh ]
/ ˌmær əˈwɑ nə /


the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant, used in cigarette form as a narcotic or hallucinogen.

Origin of marijuana

1890–95, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish marihuana, mariguana; traditional association with the personal name María Juana is probably a folk etymology Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for marihuana



/ (ˌmærɪˈhwɑːnə) /


the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, used for its euphoric effects, esp in the form of cigarettesSee also cannabis
another name for hemp (def. 1)

Word Origin for marijuana

C19: from Mexican Spanish
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Medicine definitions for marihuana



The cannabis plant.
A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria.
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