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marijuana

or ma·ri·hua·na

[mar-uh-wah-nuh]
noun
  1. hemp(def 1).
  2. the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant, used in cigarette form as a narcotic or hallucinogen.
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Origin of marijuana

1890–95, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish marihuana, mariguana; traditional association with the personal name María Juana is probably a folk etymology
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British Dictionary definitions for marihuana

marijuana

marihuana

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

C19: from Mexican Spanish
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Word Origin and History for marihuana

marijuana

n.

1918, altered by influence of Spanish proper name Maria Juana "Mary Jane" from mariguan (1894), from Mexican Spanish marihuana, of uncertain origin.

Marijuana ... makes you sensitive. Courtesy has a great deal to do with being sensitive. Unfortunately marijuana makes you the kind of sensitive where you insist on everyone listening to the drum solo in Iron Butterfly's 'In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida' fifty or sixty times. [P.J. O'Rourke, "Modern Manners," 1983]
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marihuana in Medicine

marijuana

n.
  1. The cannabis plant.
  2. 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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