Definitions for: Hemp

[n] a rope that is used by a hangman to execute persons who have been condemned to death by hanging
[n] any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs
[n] a plant fiber

Webster (1913) Definition: Hemp (h[e^]mp), n. [OE. hemp, AS. henep, h[ae]nep; akin
to D. hennep, OHG. hanaf, G. hanf, Icel. hampr, Dan. hamp,
Sw. hampa, L. cannabis, cannabum, Gr. ka`nnabis, ka`nnabos;
cf. Russ. konoplia, Skr. [,c]a[.n]a; all prob. borrowed from
some other language at an early time. Cf. Cannabine,
1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Cannabis (C. sativa), the
fibrous skin or bark of which is used for making cloth and
cordage. The name is also applied to various other plants
yielding fiber.

2. The fiber of the skin or rind of the plant, prepared for
spinning. The name has also been extended to various
fibers resembling the true hemp.

African hemp, Bowstring hemp. See under African, and

Bastard hemp, the Asiatic herb Datisca cannabina.

Canada hemp, a species of dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum),
the fiber of which was used by the Indians.

Hemp agrimony, a coarse, composite herb of Europe
(Eupatorium cannabinum), much like the American boneset.

Hemp nettle, a plant of the genus Galeopsis ({G.
Tetrahit}), belonging to the Mint family.

Indian hemp. See under Indian, a.

Manila hemp, the fiber of Musa textilis.

Sisal hemp, the fiber of Agave sisalana, of Mexico and

Sunn hemp, a fiber obtained from a leguminous plant
(Crotalaria juncea).

Water hemp, an annual American weed (Acnida cannabina),
related to the amaranth.

Synonyms: cannabis, hangman's halter, hangman's rope, hempen necktie

See Also: abaca, bowstring hemp, bush, Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, canvas, canvass, deccan hemp, dope, gage, gallous, gallows, gallowstree, ganja, genus Cannabis, gibbet, grass, Indian hemp, kenaf, Manila hemp, Manilla hemp, marihuana, marijuana, Mary Jane, Mary-Jane, noose, plant fiber, plant fibre, pot, rope, rope, running noose, sens, sess, shrub, skunk, slip noose, smoke, weed

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