Bowstring hemp
Hemp Hemp (h[e^]mp), n. [OE. hemp, AS. henep, h[ae]nep; akin to D. hennep, OHG. hanaf, G. hanf, Icel. hampr, Dan. hamp, Sw. hampa, L. cannabis, cannabum, Gr. ka`nnabis, ka`nnabos; cf. Russ. konoplia, Skr. [,c]a[.n]a; all prob. borrowed from some other language at an early time. Cf. {Cannabine}, {Canvas}.] 1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Cannabis} ({Cannabis sativa}), the fibrous skin or bark of which is used for making cloth and cordage. The name is also applied to various other plants yielding fiber. [1913 Webster]

2. The fiber of the skin or rind of the plant, prepared for spinning. The name has also been extended to various fibers resembling the true hemp. [1913 Webster]

{African hemp}, {Bowstring hemp}. See under {African}, and {Bowstring}.

{Bastard hemp}, the Asiatic herb {Datisca cannabina}.

{Canada hemp}, a species of dogbane ({Apocynum cannabinum}), the fiber of which was used by the Indians.

{Hemp agrimony}, a coarse, composite herb of Europe ({Eupatorium cannabinum}), much like the American boneset.

{Hemp nettle}, a plant of the genus {Galeopsis} ({Galeopsis Tetrahit}), belonging to the Mint family.

{Indian hemp}. See under {Indian}, a.

{Manila hemp}, the fiber of {Musa textilis}.

{Sisal hemp}, the fiber of {Agave sisalana}, of Mexico and Yucatan.

{Sunn hemp}, a fiber obtained from a leguminous plant ({Crotalaria juncea}).

{Water hemp}, an annual American weed ({Acnida cannabina}), related to the amaranth. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Bowstring hemp — Bowstring Bow string , n. 1. The string of a bow. [1913 Webster] 2. A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders. [1913 Webster] {Bowstring bridge}, a bridge formed of an arch of timber or iron, often braced, the thrust of which is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bowstring hemp — n. 1. SANSEVIERIA 2. hemplike fiber from the leaves of certain sansevierias …   English World dictionary

  • bowstring hemp — noun 1. hemp obtained from the sansevieria • Hypernyms: ↑hemp 2. strong fiber that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria and used for e.g. cordage • Hypernyms: ↑natural fiber, ↑natural fibre • Substance Holonyms: ↑sansevieri …   Useful english dictionary

  • bowstring-hemp — didžioji pienuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Klemalinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, pluoštinis, prieskoninis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Calotropis gigantea), paplitęs rytų ir pietryčių Azijoje. Iš vidinių žiedo dalių gaminami maisto… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • bowstring-hemp — sansevjera statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Agavinių (Agavaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Sansevieria). atitikmenys: lot. Sansevieria angl. bowstring hemp vok. afrikanischer Hanf; Bogenhanf rus. сансевиера lenk. sansewiera; wężownica …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • bowstring hemp — bow′string hemp n. 1) pln any of various sansevierias of Asia and Africa 2) pln the strong fiber of these plants • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • bowstring hemp — /boʊstrɪŋ ˈhɛmp/ (say bohstring hemp) noun any of various fibrous plants especially of the genera Sansevieria and Calotropis of Asia and Africa …   Australian English dictionary

  • bowstring-hemp — bowˈstring hemp noun The genus Sansevieria or its fibre • • • Main Entry: ↑bow …   Useful english dictionary

  • bowstring hemp — noun Date: circa 1858 any of various Asian and African sansevierias; also its soft tough leaf fiber used especially in cordage …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bowstring hemp — any of various fibrous plants of the genus Sansevieria, of Asia and Africa, having stiff, erect, variegated or mottled leaves, cultivated in the U.S. as an ornamental. [1865 70] * * * …   Universalium

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