Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A preparation from the leaves and seed capsules of the cannabis plant, smoked, chewed, eaten, or infused and drunk to obtain mild euphoria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cannabis, especially as used in the Indian subcontinent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An astringent and narcotic drug made from the dried leaves and seed capsules of wild hemp (Cannabis Indica), and chewed or smoked in the East as a means of intoxication. See hasheesh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The dried leaves of the hemp-plant, Cannabis Indica, which as grown in India contain a powerfully narcotic resin and a volatile oil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a preparation of the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant; much used in India

Etymologies

Ultimately from Sanskrit bhaṅgā.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi भांग and Urdu بھانگ, from Sanskrit भङ्ग. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Interestingly, the only item for which VAT has been reduced is 'bhang' - a popular intoxicant in semiurban and rural areas.

    India eNews

  • The festival is a hit with many people because of bhang, which is offered as prasad.

    Analysis

  • Some Tantric sex practitioners drink a substance called bhang, a sort of spiced marijuana milkshake to enhance the sexual experience.

    Cannabis Culture Magazine

  • Fusion was the theme as the music, food and drinks from the East fused with the West to form a unique celebration as the expats and foreign visitors smeared one another with coloured powder, sprinkled coloured water, gorged on sweetmeats, 'bhang' and beer in up-scale areas that have a sizeable expatriate population.

    India eNews

  • People should avoid mixing bhang, which is a hallucinogen with alcohol that intoxicates, "Verma added.

    The Times of India

  • a kind of "bhang" made from the plant called pappahmint; others had their faces streaked with djam.

    Condensed Novels: New Burlesques

  • 'bhang' (hemp) here, a police officer said Friday.

    Gaea Times (by Simple Thoughts) Breaking News and incisive views 24/7

  • The Mahakaleswar Bhootnath Temple of the city organises the NBC every year and serves drinks made of milk, dry fruits, and 'bhang' (a traditional drink made from cannabis leaves.

    dailyindia.com News Feed

  • Distantly related to bank on the Indo-European language tree is the Hindi bhang sometimes spelled bang, meaning “dried leaves and stalks of hemp,” as in marijuana.

    The English Is Coming!

  • As an example, he mentioned his father's use of "bhang lassi" - a marijuana milk shake, if you will - on religious holidays.

    Joe Amon: The Beginning of the End for the War on Drugs?

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  • one of the liquids Shah Rukh Khan likes to have poured on him in a picturisation.

    May 19, 2009

  • "...in his period of inhaling large quantities of the nitrous oxide and of the vapour of hemp, to say nothing of tobacco, bhang in all its charming varieties in India, betel in Java and the neighboring islands, qat in the Red Sea, and hallucinating cacti in South America... and now he was busily poisoning himself with coca-leaves, whose virtue he had learnt in Peru."
    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 188

    March 17, 2008

  • "According to Adam he smokes bhang. You'll know it better as marijuana. That's an offence in Kenya, of course, but it could be useful. If you want him held at any time the police could be tipped off. I could make sure that bhang would be found in his possession."
    - 'Windfall', Desmond Bagley.

    January 6, 2008