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1. (Plants) another name for hemp, esp the variety Cannabis indica, from which several narcotic drugs are obtained
2. (Plants) Also called: dogbane a perennial American apocynaceous plant, Apocynum cannabinum, whose fibre was formerly used by the Indians to make rope
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1. Also called Indian hemp , marijuana. a tall, coarse Asian plant, Cannabis sativa, of the family Cannabaceae, widely cultivated for its fiber and for its yield of intoxicating drugs.
2. the tough fiber of this plant, used for making rope, coarse fabric, etc.
3. any of various plants resembling hemp.
4. any of various fibers similar to hemp.
5. an intoxicating drug, as marijuana or hashish, prepared from the hemp plant.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English henep, hænep, c. Old Saxon hanap, Old High German hanaf, Old Norse hampr; akin to Greek kánnabis]
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|Noun||1.||Indian hemp - source of e.g. bhang and hashish as well as fiber|
bhang - a preparation of the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant; much used in India
haschisch, hasheesh, hashish, hash - purified resinous extract of the hemp plant; used as a hallucinogen
|2.||Indian hemp - valuable fiber plant of East Indies now widespread in cultivation|
hibiscus - any plant of the genus Hibiscus
|3.||Indian hemp - Canadian dogbane yielding a tough fiber used as cordage by Native Americans; used in folk medicine for pain or inflammation in joints|
dogbane - any of several poisonous perennial plants of the genus Apocynum having acrid milky juice and bell-shaped white or pink flowers and a very bitter root
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