Definition of hemp
1a : 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 hempc : a psychoactive drug (such as marijuana or hashish) from hemp
2 : a fiber (such as jute) from a plant other than the true hemp; also : a plant yielding such fiber
Recent Examples of hemp from the Web
A variety of creamy bases made of fruit, nut butters, rice, soy and even hemp have elevated vegan ice cream among vegans, vegetarians and health-conscious meat-eaters alike.
At 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, elements of the outdoors are infused into each room, with every detail meticulously engineered to meet the highest standards of eco-consciousness, right down to the hemp-blend mattresses and organic sheets.
Instead, pick your favorite festival look in materials such as cotton, linen and hemp.
While all fiber is good, here are some great prebiotic fiber sources: Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic, and leeks, as well as chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds.
C’mon Baby Do the Matcha: Pineapple, banana, avocado, baby spinach, matcha tea, granola, almonds, hemp seeds, blueberries, raspberries and honey.
Sanders’ herbal supplements are marketed based on another chemical found in both marijuana and hemp: cannabidiol, or CBD.
Hemp seeds used in milk making are not the variety of hemp from which marijuana is harvested.
According to a report released in March by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, there are more than 25,000 hemp products being used internationally.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
HEMP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hemp for English Language Learners
: a plant that is used to make thick ropes and some drugs (such as hashish and marijuana)
HEMP Defined for Kids
Definition of hemp for Students
: 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)
Medical Definition of hemp
1: a tall widely cultivated Asian herb of the genus Cannabis (C. sativa) with strong woody fiber used especially for cordage
2: the fiber of hemp
3: a psychoactive drug (as marijuana or hashish) from hemp
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