[ mar-uh-wah-nuh ]
/ ˌmær əˈwɑ nə /
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a psychoactive narcotic drug rendered from the leaves and flowering tops of a cannabis plant, especially Cannabis sativa, used for recreational or medical purposes by smoking, vaping, or ingesting: He’s tried marijuana but claims it has no effect on him.
the dried leaves and flowering tops from which the drug is rendered: Her personal stash of marijuana is rarely more than an ounce or two.
any plant of the genus Cannabis, especially C. sativa, whose leaves and flowering tops have psychoactive properties: several acres of cultivated marijuana.
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Origin of marijuana
An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; from Mexican Spanish marihuana, mariguana; the traditional association with the personal name María Juana is probably a folk etymology
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How to use marijuana in a sentence
It sometimes seems as if the entire government had eaten marihuana.Diplomatic Days|Edith O'Shaughnessy
British Dictionary definitions for marijuana
/ (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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