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

  • n. A tropical Asian plant (Crotalaria juncea) having clusters of yellow flowers.
  • n. A tough fiber obtained from the stems of this plant, used for cordage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An East Indian leguminous plant (Crotalaria juncea) and its fiber, which is also called sunn hemp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A valuable East Indian fiber resembling hemp, obtained from the inner bark of Crotalaria juncea.
  • n. The plant Crotalaria juncea, a stiff shrub from 5 to 8 or even 12 feet high, with slender wand-like rigid branches, yielding the sunn-hemp. Also sun-plant.


Hindi san, from Sanskrit śāṇa-, hempen, from śaṇaḥ, hemp.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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