the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.
the flowering tops of the plant.
any of the various parts of the plant from which hashish, marijuana, bhang, and similar mildly euphorogenic and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared.

1790–1800; < Neo-Latin, Latin: hemp < Greek kánnabis; cognate with hemp

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cannabis (ˈkænəbɪs)
1.  See hemp the hemp plant, esp Indian hemp (Cannabis indica)
2.  cannabin hashish marijuana See also bhang the drug obtained from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which is smoked or chewed for its psychoactive properties. It produces euphoria and relaxation; repeated use may lead to psychological dependence
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kannabis; see hemp]

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1798, from Cannabis, Mod.L. plant genus named (1728), from Gk. kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word. Also source of Rus. konoplja, Pers. kanab, Lith. kanapes "hemp," and English canvas and possibly hemp. In reference to an intoxicating preparation, from 1848.
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cannabis can·na·bis (kān'ə-bĭs)
Any of several mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drugs, such as hashish or marijuana, prepared from various parts of the hemp plant.

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