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hemp (n.)

Old English hænep "hemp, cannabis sativa," from Proto-Germanic *hanapiz (source also of 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; scientific applications for the narcotic derived from hemp date to 1870.

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Definitions of hemp

hemp (n.)
a plant fiber;
hemp (n.)
any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs;
Synonyms: cannabis
hemp (n.)
a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging;
Synonyms: hangman's rope / hangman's halter / halter / hempen necktie
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