Definition of hemp in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɛmp


  • 1 (also Indian hemp) [mass noun] The cannabis plant, especially when grown for fibre.
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    • It's part of a long-running battle to get the Government to relax the restrictions on growing hemp for food and fibre.
    • They'd already experimented with less common cereal crops and discovered that hemp, once traditionally grown in the area, thrived in the warm, wet climate of the southwest.
    • The only unfortunate thing is that hemp has to be grown to see its cannabinoid component, and it then needs to be tested to see whether it exceeds 0.3 percent.
  • 1.1The fibre of the cannabis plant, extracted from the stem and used to make rope, strong fabrics, fibreboard, and paper.
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    • As a fabric, hemp is sturdy, strong and comfortable.
    • It was damnably uncomfortable, having a lump on one's head the size of a fist and tied with strong hemp rope.
    • Trombly points out that the strong fiber produced by hemp and kenaf blends well with the weaker post-consumer recycled paper.
  • 1.2Used in names of other plants that yield fibre, e.g. Manila hemp.
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    • A number of herbs including oleander, adonis, black Indian hemp, black hellebore, lily-of-the-valley, squill, and strophanthus contain an active cardiac glycoside that can potentiate digoxin.
  • 1.3The drug cannabis.
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    • According to rules laid down by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, opium, heroin, morphine, hemp, cocaine and other addictive narcotics are banned.
    • Subsequently, the Commission's conclusion was that the physical, moral and mental effects of hemp drugs, if used in moderation, were not adverse.
    • Habit-forming and hard-to-kick addictions such as overindulgence in alcohol, heroin, hemp, Ecstasy, and an almost limitless palette of hard drugs should be avoided like the plague.



adjective ( • archaic )
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  • The only award they both deserve is a length of hempen rope and tall tree - are there still spikes on the Palace of Westminster where traitors' heads can be displayed?
  • Aristocratic criminals were privileged to meet their deaths by the sword rather than the disgraceful hempen rope; gentlemen settled their differences and answered insults at swords' point.
  • Unreckonable moments had passed, and he awoke to discover that he lay prone upon a hard, flat surface and that he was restrained once more with thick, hempen ropes.


Old English henep, hænep, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hennep and German Hanf, also to Greek kannabis.

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