sunn hemp


a tall East Indian shrub, Crotalaria juncea, of the legume family, having slender branches and yellow flowers, and an inner bark that yields a hemplike fiber used for making ropes, sacking, etc.
the fiber.
Also called sunn hemp, sun hemp, Bombay hemp, Madras hemp.

1580–90; < Hindi san < Sanskrit śāṇa Unabridged
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sunn (sʌn)
1.  a leguminous plant, Crotalaria juncea, of the East Indies, having yellow flowers
2.  the hemplike fibre obtained from the inner bark of this plant, used in making rope, sacking, etc
[C18: from Hindi san, from Sanskrit śāná hempen]

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