• noun a plant used to make rope and that also produces an addictive drug.


  • A natural fiber once widely used in cordage, but now almost totally replaced by synthetic fibers, such as nylon and dacron. Hemp is still laminated to a paper backing to produce a type of wallcovering.


  • noun a plant used for making rope and paper

Origin & History of “hemp”

Hemp is ultimately the same word as cannabis (as, bizarrely, is canvas, which was originally made from hemp). both go back to a common ancestor which produced Persian kanab, Russian konóplya, Greek kánnabis (source of English cannabis), and a prehistoric Germanic *khanipiz or *khanapiz. From the latter are descended German hanf, Dutch hennep, Swedish hampa, Danish hamp, and English hemp.