from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The seed of hemp. It is used as food for birds, and also yields an oil suitable for various purposes.
  • n. [In the following passage hemp-seed is usually supposed to be an intended blunder for homicide.


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  • Look, I hate the military-industrial complex as much as the next hemp-seed snacking, kombucha-brewing, raw-milk swigging real food revolutionary.

    Kerry Trueman: The Fast Track To Slow Food

  • The ring-dove found his hemp-seed, the chaffinch found his millet, the goldfinch found chickweed, the red-breast found worms, the green finch found flies, the fly found infusoriae, the bee found flowers.

    Les Miserables

  • As far as the listeners could gather, the particular form of black-art to be practised on this occasion was one connected with the sowing of hemp-seed, a handful of which was carried by each girl.

    The Woodlanders

  • You will be worse than the old woman who sells the honeycakes with hemp-seed oil you are so fond of. ''

    Taras Bulba and Other Tales

  • This spell still remains, as does that of hemp-seed sowing.

    The Book of Hallowe'en

  • One goes out alone with a handful of hemp-seed, sows it across ridges of ploughed land, and harrows it with anything convenient, perhaps with a broom.

    The Book of Hallowe'en

  • "Hemp-seed, I saw thee, hemp-seed, I saw thee; and her that is to be my true love, come after me and draw thee."

    The Book of Hallowe'en

  • Cakes from the May Eve fire, hemp-seed and prophetic dreams from Midsummer, games and sports from Lugnasad have survived in varied forms.

    The Book of Hallowe'en

  • She would simply say that she never cared to touch herrings and that she did not fancy hemp-seed.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 25th, 1920

  • A small, gray beetle, of about the size and color of a hemp-seed, will often eat a hole into the bud, when it is just swelling, and thus destroy it.

    The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines


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