a tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber and as a psychotropic drug.
1. A tall annual dioecious plant (Cannabis sativa), native to Central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers.
2. Any of several mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drugs, such as ganja, hashish, or marijuana, prepared from various parts of this plant.
[Latin, from Greek kannabis.]
can′na·bic (-bĭk) adj.
1. (Plants) the hemp plant, esp Indian hemp (Cannabis indica). See hemp
2. (Recreational Drugs) the drug obtained from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which is smoked or chewed for its psychoactive properties. It produces euphoria and relaxation; repeated use may lead to psychological dependence. See also cannabin, hashish, marijuana, bhang
[C18: from Latin, from Greek kannabis; see hemp]
(ˈkæn ə bɪs)
can•na•bis (ˈkæn ə bɪs)
1. the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa.
2. the flowering tops of the plant.
3. any of the parts of the plant from which hashish, marijuana, bhang, and similar drugs are prepared.
[1790–1800; < New Latin, Latin: hemp < Greek kánnabis]