Indian hemp


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Indian hemp Canadian dogbane yielding a tough fiber used as cordage by Native Americans; used in folk medicine for pain or inflammation in joints
    • n Indian hemp valuable fiber plant of East Indies now widespread in cultivation
    • n Indian hemp source of e.g. bhang and hashish as well as fiber
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indian hemp (Bot) A plant of the genus Apocynum Apocynum cannabinum), having a milky juice, and a tough, fibrous bark, whence the name. The root it used in medicine and is both emetic and cathartic in properties.
    • Indian hemp See under Indian a.
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In literature:

Can it be that we were drugged on that occasion with Indian hemp?
"The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu" by Sax Rohmer
There were pieces of thread made of Indian hemp and the inner bark of the elm.
"The Scouts of the Valley" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Those of the Cingalese are arrack, tobacco, fungi and the Indian hemp.
"Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
They excite themselves to fighting by means of opium, or Indian hemp, which they smoke like tobacco.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
It produces, notably, Indian hemp and poppy, the first of which yields hashish and the other opium.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 446, July 19, 1884" by Various
The Indians likewise make several other stuffs of their hemp.
"Prehistoric Textile Art of Eastern United States" by William Henry Holmes
Sometimes the fishing tackle of the Indian consists entirely of this hemp.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
Its people are agriculturists and raise Indian corn, sibucao, hemp, cacao and coffee.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The Indians now filled a cart with hemp, flax, and the resinous boughs of firs and pines.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
I took the Indian hemp with certain followers of St. Martin on the ground floor of a house in the Latin Quarter.
"Discoveries" by William Butler Yeats