- Also called Indian hemp, marijuana. a tall, coarse plant, Cannabis sativa, that is native to Asia but naturalized or cultivated in many parts of the world and is the source of a valuable fiber as well as drugs such as marijuana and hashish.Compare cannabis.
- the tough fiber of this plant, used for making rope, coarse fabric, etc.
- any of various plants resembling hemp.
- any of various fibers similar to hemp.
- a narcotic drug, as marijuana or hashish, prepared from the hemp plant.
- Also called: cannabis, marijuana an annual strong-smelling Asian plant, Cannabis sativa, having tough fibres, deeply lobed leaves, and small greenish flowers: family CannabidaeceaeSee also Indian hemp
- the fibre of this plant, used to make canvas, rope, etc
- any of several narcotic drugs obtained from some varieties of this plant, esp from Indian hempSee bhang, cannabis, hashish, marijuana
Old English hænep “hemp, cannabis sativa,” from Proto-Germanic *hanapiz (cf. Old Saxon hanap, Old Norse hampr, Old High German hanaf, German Hanf), probably a very early Germanic borrowing of the same Scythian word that became Greek kannabis (see cannabis). As the name of the fiber made from the plant, by c.1300. Slang sense of “marijuana” dates from 1940s; though scientific use for the narcotic derived from hemp dates to 1870.