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  1. a tall East Indian shrub, Crotalaria juncea, of the legume family, having slender branches and yellow flowers, and an inner bark that yields a hemplike fiber used for making ropes, sacking, etc.
  2. the fiber.
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Origin of sunn

1580–90; < Hindi san < Sanskrit śāṇa
Also called sunn hemp, sun hemp, Bombay hemp, Madras hemp.
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British Dictionary definitions for sunn-hemp


  1. a leguminous plant, Crotalaria juncea, of the East Indies, having yellow flowers
  2. the hemplike fibre obtained from the inner bark of this plant, used in making rope, sacking, etc
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Word Origin

C18: from Hindi san, from Sanskrit śāná hempen
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