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[mar-uh-wah-nuh] /ˌmær əˈwɑ nə/
hemp (def 1).
the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant, used in cigarette form as a narcotic or hallucinogen.
Also, marihuana.
1890-95, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish marihuana, mariguana; traditional association with the personal name María Juana is probably a folk etymology Unabridged
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Examples from the web for marijuana
  • Notably, marijuana use causes the eyes to turn red temporarily.
  • He confessed to marijuana use but claimed he did not use hard drugs.
  • Blunt cigar paper is also used to roll marijuana, after the tobacco is discarded.
  • The missing tobacco is replaced with marijuana or hashish, and rerolled.
  • He was not known to be a drug addict, but did use marijuana and alcohol.
  • The decriminalization of drugs such as heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
British Dictionary definitions for marijuana


the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, used for its euphoric effects, esp in the form of cigarettes See also cannabis
another name for hemp (sense 1)
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish
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Word Origin and History for marijuana

1918, altered by influence of Spanish proper name Maria Juana "Mary Jane" from mariguan (1894), from Mexican Spanish marihuana, of uncertain origin.

Marijuana ... makes you sensitive. Courtesy has a great deal to do with being sensitive. Unfortunately marijuana makes you the kind of sensitive where you insist on everyone listening to the drum solo in Iron Butterfly's 'In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida' fifty or sixty times. [P.J. O'Rourke, "Modern Manners," 1983]

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marijuana in Medicine

marijuana mar·i·jua·na or mar·i·hua·na (mār'ə-wä'nə)

  1. The cannabis plant.

  2. A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria.

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