Meaning of HEMP in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈhemp ]


Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hænep; akin to Old High German hanaf hemp, Greek kannabis

Date: before 12th century


a. : a tall widely cultivated Asian herb ( Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that has a tough bast fiber used especially for cordage and that is often separated into a tall loosely branched species ( C. sativa ) and a low-growing densely branched species ( C. indica )

b. : the fiber of hemp

c. : a psychoactive drug (as marijuana or hashish) from hemp

2. : a fiber (as jute) from a plant other than the true hemp ; also : a plant yielding such fiber

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