1. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Cannabis 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.
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.
African hemp, Bowstring hemp. See under African, and Bowstring. Bastard hemp, the Asiatic
herb Datisca cannabina. Canada hemp, a species of dogbane the fiber of which was used by the
Indians. Hemp agrimony, a coarse, composite herb of Europe much like the American boneset.
Hemp nettle, a plant of the genus Galeopsis 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 Water
hemp, an annual American weed related to the amaranth.
1. Made of hemp; as, a hempen cord.
2. Like hemp. "Beat into a hempen state." Cook.
(Hemp"y) a. Like hemp. [R.] Howell.
(Hem*self" Hem*selve") Hemselven
(Hem*selv"en) pron. pl. [See Hem, pron.] Themselves;
used reflexively. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Hem"stitch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hemstitched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hemstitching.] [Hem +
stitch.] To ornament at the head of a broad hem by drawing out a few parallel threads, and fastening
the cross threads in successive small clusters; as, to hemstitch a handkerchief.
(Hem"stitched) a. Having a broad hem separated from the body of the article by a line of
open work; as, a hemistitched handkerchief.
(He"muse) n. (Zoöl.) The roebuck in its third year. [Prov. Eng.]
(Hen) n. [AS. henn, hen, hæn; akin to D. hen, OHG. henna, G. henne, Icel. hna, Dan. höna; the
fem. corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn, Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane.
Prob. akin to L. canere to sing, and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. Chanticleer.] (Zoöl.) The female of
the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse, pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray
Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen.
Hen clam. (Zoöl.) (a) A clam of the Mactra, and allied genera; the sea clam or surf clam. See Surf
clam. (b) A California clam of the genus Pachydesma. Hen driver. See Hen harrier Hen
harrier (Zoöl.), a hawk found in Europe and America; called also dove hawk, henharm, henharrow,
hen driver, and usually, in America, marsh hawk. See Marsh hawk. Hen hawk (Zoöl.), one of
several species of large hawks which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk the red-shouldered
hawk (B. lineatus), and the goshawk.
(Hen"bane`) n. [Hen + bane.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus Hyoscyamus All parts of the plant
are poisonous, and the leaves are used for the same purposes as belladonna. It is poisonous to domestic
fowls; whence the name. Called also, stinking nightshade, from the fetid odor of the plant. See Hyoscyamus.
(Hen"bit`) n. (Bot.) A weed of the genus Lamium (L. amplexicaule) with deeply crenate leaves.
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