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Meaning of cannabis by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Latin cannabis 'hemp', from Ancient Greek κάνναβις ( kánnabis ), from Scythian ( compare Kurdish kinif, Ossetian gän ), from a compound of Finno-Ugric *kéne 'hemp' ( compare Estonian kena, Lapp kèdž', Udmurt kenem ) and *piš 'to burn; nettle' ( compare Komi/Udmurt pyš, Khanty piš ). This word was borrowed widely into Semitic, Balto-Slavic and Germanic. See hemp .


    cannabis ( uncountable )

    Cannabis sativa
    1. A tall annual dioecious plant ( Cannabis, especially Cannabis sativa ), native to central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers .
    2. A mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drug prepared from various parts of this plant .


    • ( plant ): hemp, marijuana
    • ( drug ): hemp, dope, grass, marijuana, THC, weed, string


    • ( plant ): Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis

    See also

    • Appendix:Cannabis slang

Explanation of cannabis by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the most commonly used illicit drug

    2. any plant of the genus Cannabis

    Definition of cannabis by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cannabis prop. n. [L., hemp. See Canvas.]
      1. ( Bot. ) A genus of a single species belonging to the order Uricaceæ; hemp.

      2. The Indian hemp plant plant Cannabis sativa syn. Cannabis Indica. See Cannabis Indica, below.

      Cannabis Indica the Indian hemp, now considered a variety of the common hemp ( Cannabis sativa ), originating in Asia but now grown widely around the world. It can be formed into a tough fiber that is used to make rope and tough fabric. The dried leaves and female flowers are smoked or chewed by people to produce a euphoric or hallucinogenic effect, caused mainly by the substance tetrahydrocannabinol ( THC ) contained in it. The THC-containing products of Cannabis are classified as a controlled substance, and posession and sale are illegal in most states of the United States. Once classified as a narcotic, the plant is now more commonly referred to in the category of euphoric or hallucinogenic agents.