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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A tall annual dioecious plant (Cannabis sativa), native to Central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers.
  • noun Any of several mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drugs, such as ganja, hashish, or marijuana, prepared from various parts of this plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of urticaceous plants, of a single species, C. Indica. See bhang and hemp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of a single species belonging to the order Uricaceæ; hemp.
  • proper noun The Indian hemp plant plant Cannabis sativa syn. Cannabis Indica. See Cannabis Indica, below.
  • proper noun the Indian hemp, now considered a variety of the common hemp (Cannabis sativa), originating in Asia but now grown widely around the world. It can be formed into a tough fiber that is used to make rope and tough fabric. The dried leaves and female flowers are smoked or chewed by people to produce a euphoric or hallucinogenic effect, caused mainly by the substance tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contained in it. The THC-containing products of Cannabis are classified as a controlled substance, and posession and sale are illegal in most states of the United States. Once classified as a narcotic, the plant is now more commonly referred to in the category of euphoric or hallucinogenic agents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tall annual dioecious plant (Cannabis, especially Cannabis sativa), native to central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers.
  • noun A mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drug prepared from various parts of this plant.

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

  • noun 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
  • noun 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

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

[Latin, from Greek kannabis.]

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