- a tall Asian herb (Cannabis sativa) of the hemp family, grown for the tough fiber in its stem
- the fiber, used to make rope, sailcloth, etc.
- a substance, such as marijuana, hashish, etc., made from the leaves and flowers of this plant
- any of various plants yielding a hemplike fiber, as the sisal or Manila hemp
- this fiber
Origin of hempMiddle English from Old English hænep (akin to German hanf, Dutch hennep) from Proto-Germanic an unverified form hanapa- from an unverified form kanab-, a pre-Gmc borrowing from a (? Scythian) base from source Classical Greek kannabis: akin uncertain or unknown; perhaps to Sumerian kunibu, hemp