sunn-hemp

sunn

[suhn]
noun
1.
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.
2.
the fiber.
Also called sunn hemp, sun hemp, Bombay hemp, Madras hemp.


Origin:
1580–90; < Hindi san < Sanskrit śāṇa

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sunn (sʌn)
 
n
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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