from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A substitute for tobacco prepared for smoking, consisting of the chopped leaves of the common hemp.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of kif.


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  • The inland Turk has the reputation of honesty, kindliness, hospitality, but he has no bent for the active and energetic Western life, loves dearly his "kief" or somnolent vegetative repose, and is hopelessly in the grasp of two rapacious enemies, the usurer and the tax-gatherer.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • Again, I shouted "kief!" which is "go" in Arabic, and I pointed.

    To Topple a Tyrant

  • "But there are rank orders in all things, too," Simon said, lighting a kief stick.


  • An eager, hurrying fellow was the r'kass, with rarely enough breath to respond to a salutation as he passed along, his letters tied in a parcel on his back, a lamp at his girdle to guide him through the night, and in his wallet a little bread or parched flour, a tiny pipe, and some kief.


  • When he was not baking bread or smoking kief he was securing mules and bringing them for our inspection.


  • Like the lamb, the sand had been washed with care and much water, and now lay reposing after its bath at lazy length, enjoying its _kief_, like a sworn Mussulman.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 83, September, 1864

  • Oblation offered to the house spirits, the Maalem asked for his money, the half due at the journey's end, sober enough, despite the kief, to count the dollars carefully, and make his farewell with courteous eloquence.


  • The Maalem smokes kief in furtive manner, as though orthodox enough to be ashamed of the practice, while M'Barak prepares plates and dishes for the evening meal.


  • The Maalem rose at last, somewhat unsteadily after his debauch of kief.


  • I have found the Maalem, master of a bakehouse, a short, olive-skinned, wild, and wiry little man, whose yellowed eyes and contracting pupils tell a tale of haschisch and kief that his twitching fingers confirm.



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