- ( plant ): Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, Cannabis ruderalis
- Appendix:Cannabis slang
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 .
Explanation of cannabis by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
Definition of cannabis by GCIDE Dictionary