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hemp

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noun \ˈhemp\

Simple Definition of hemp

  • : a plant that is used to make thick ropes and some drugs (such as hashish and marijuana)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hemp

  1. 1 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. 2 :  a fiber (as jute) from a plant other than the true hemp; also :  a plant yielding such fiber

Origin and Etymology of hemp

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with hemp


HEMP Defined for Kids

hemp

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noun \ˈhemp\

Definition of hemp for Students

  1. :  a tall Asian plant grown for its tough woody fiber that is used especially in making rope and for its flowers and leaves that yield drugs (as marijuana)




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hemp

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noun \ˈhemp\

Medical Definition of hemp

  1. 1:  a tall widely cultivated Asian herb of the genus Cannabis (C. sativa) with strong woody fiber used especially for cordage

  2. 2:  the fiber of hemp

  3. 3:  a psychoactive drug (as marijuana or hashish) from hemp



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