hemp

noun
\ ˈhemp How to pronounce hemp (audio) \

Definition of hemp

1a : a tall widely cultivated Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that is cultivated for its tough bast fiber and edible seeds and oil and that is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica)

Note: Cultivated hemp is often distinguished from cannabis by possessing very low levels of the psychoactive substance THC.

b : the fiber of hemp hemp can produce superb paper and construction materials lighter and stronger than lumber.— Ted Williams often used before another noun hemp ropea hemp shirt
c : marijuana also : hashish
2 : a fiber (such as jute) from a plant other than the true hemp also : a plant yielding such fiber

Examples of hemp in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the Thai FDA, any private citizen can grow cannabis plants and hemp for personal use without seeking permission from the authorities. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 23 May 2022 One of the biggest provisions would have allowed the state’s four preexisting medicinal dispensaries and some large industrial hemp processors to begin selling recreational marijuana Sept. 15. Washington Post, 28 Feb. 2022 Milk goes in smoothies and hemp seed goes in smoothies, so Good Mylk’s Hemp Mylk is a double whammy. Karen Yuan, Bon Appétit, 15 Jan. 2022 Natural materials like cotton and hemp are abundant; plants make up more than 80 percent of Earth’s biomass. Harris Quinn, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 Cannabinoids are found in all forms of cannabis, including agricultural hemp. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 The fire that Bakkela is alleged to have started destroyed or damaged a hemp farm and 14 homes, the district attorney’s office said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 10 May 2022 While cannabis with a THC level below 1% (also known as hemp) is legal, growing, importing, producing, or selling cannabis with a high level of THC is prohibited. Dario Sabaghi, Forbes, 5 May 2022 In keeping with the theme of simplicity, the interior is furnished with limited items: a sleeper sofa from West Elm, a desk, a chair and four oversized linen and hemp pillows that can be used as floor cushions. Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hemp

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hemp

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

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26 May 2022

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More Definitions for hemp

hemp

noun
\ ˈhemp How to pronounce hemp (audio) \

Kids Definition of hemp

: 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)

hemp

noun
\ ˈhemp How to pronounce hemp (audio) \

Medical Definition of hemp

1 : a tall widely cultivated Asian herb of the genus Cannabis (C. sativa) that is cultivated for its strong woody fiber and edible seeds and oil and that is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica)

Note: Cultivated hemp is often distinguished from cannabis by possessing very low levels of the psychoactive substance THC.

2 : the fiber of hemp

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