marijuana or ma·ri·hua·na [mar-uh-wah-nuh] Word Origin noun
- the dried leaves and female flowers of the plant, used in cigarette form as a narcotic or hallucinogen.
Origin of marijuana 1890–95, Americanism; Mexican Spanish marihuana, mariguana; traditional association with the personal name María Juana is probably a folk etymology Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for marihuana marijuana marihuana noun
- the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, used for its euphoric effects, esp in the form of cigarettesSee also
- another name for
Word Origin for marijuana C19: from Mexican Spanish Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marihuana marijuana n.
1918, altered by influence of Spanish proper name Maria Juana “Mary Jane” from mariguan (1894), from Mexican Spanish marihuana, of uncertain origin.
Marijuana … makes you sensitive. Courtesy has a great deal to do with being sensitive. Unfortunately marijuana makes you the kind of sensitive where you insist on everyone listening to the drum solo in Iron Butterfly’s ‘In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida’ fifty or sixty times. [P.J. O’Rourke, “Modern Manners,” 1983] Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper marihuana in Medicine marijuana n.
- The cannabis plant.
- A preparation made from the dried flower clusters and leaves of the cannabis plant, usually smoked or eaten to induce euphoria.
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