Middle English Dictionary Entry

hemp n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) The plant hemp (Cannabis sativa); ~ lef, ~ sed; ~ haue (yerd), an enclosed field for growing hemp; ~ lond, land on which hemp is grown; (b) hemp fiber made into cloth, cord, etc.; ~ herdes, hards of hemp; ~ tou; (c) used as a translation term for Latin plant names; esp. Herba Camepitium or ground pine; ?wild hemp; (d) hempseed; (e) as adj.: hempen; (f) in surnames and place names [see Smith PNElem. 1.216].

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1500 MSerm.Mol.(Adv 19.3.1)83 : The whych hemppe gresse and alfyns that is nedefull and spedefull bothe to yow and to me.
  • Note: ?New comb.
    Note: !Filed as a new comb., but quot. as punctuated under aufin, -en n., is an AQ.