Definitions

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

  • n. The cannabis plant.
  • n. A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Drug smoked or ingested for euphoric effect, Cannabis (drug).
  • n. The hemp plant itself, Cannabis sativa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A strong-smelling Asian plant (Cannabis sativa), also called hemp, from which a number of euphorogenic and halucinogenic drugs are prepared. The euphoric effect is predominently due to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • n. The dried leaves or the female flowers of the hemp plant, which is smoked or chewed to obtain a euphoric effect. The flowers usually have a higher concentration of the active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol.

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

  • n. a strong-smelling plant from whose dried leaves a number of euphoriant and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared
  • n. the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect

Etymologies

Spanish marihuana.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • where's that fictional animal list mariguana belongs to?

    June 1, 2009

  • The spelling with -j- is apparently a folk etymology (or eggcorn or other such alteration) in English after Spanish female names; the original Mexican Spanish was marihuana, mariguana of uncertain origin.

    June 1, 2009