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HASHISH, or HASHEESH, the Arabic name, meaning literally "dried herb," for the various preparations of the Indian hemp plant (Cannabis indica), used as a narcotic or intoxicant in the East, and either smoked, chewed or drunk (see HEMP and BHANG). From the Arabic hashishin, i.e. "hemp-eaters," comes the English " assassin " (see ASSASSIN).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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