Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Marijuana, especially a highly resinous form of marijuana prepared from the flowering tops and leaves of selected plants and usually ingested by smoking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. marijuana

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The dried hemp plant, used in India for smoking. It is extremely narcotic and intoxicating.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong-smelling plant from whose dried leaves a number of euphoriant and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared
  • n. the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect

Etymologies

Hindi gāṁjhā, hemp resin, from Sanskrit gāñjyā-, of hemp, from gañjaḥ, hemp, perhaps alteration of gṛñjaḥ, a type of plant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Bengali গাঁজা (gañja), from Sanskrit गञ्जा (gañjā, "hemp"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Time and again he called ganja "the healing of the nation."

    Christopher J. Farley: Where There's Smoke

  • I don’t think that booze will hurt the baby now, but I think ganja is more the ticket.

    Hysterical | Her Bad Mother

  • In an economy quickly going down the toilet faster than a nickel bag when the police come a-knocking, decriminalized and government-sanctioned "ganja" could 'pot'-entially create more and literally' green 'jobs, add much needed tax revenues, and end the criminality and high-cost incarceration (inordinately of young black males) attached to its production, sale and consumption.

    Michael DeJong: A New "Green" Economy

  • What kind of ganja were these guys were smoking before doing this video?

    Apache! « raincoaster

  • Repetitively hollerin '' ganja 'at the crowd and asking them to respond in kind just seemed silly and by the volume of the response, one would think the crowd thought the same - wrong call Mr B.

    Virtual Festivals

  • At the time, he spoke only a few words, including "brothers and sisters" - which is apparently how members of the cult, including parents, are addressed - as well as "ganja".

    IOL: News

  • PALAKKAD: Forests in the State will be made 'ganja' free by conducting raids, Forest Minister Benoy Viswom has said.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • "ganja" could 'pot'-entially create more and literally' green 'jobs and add much needed tax revenues.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • - Cheech & Chong bring their campaign for ganja to Washington ….

    Adam Carolla “Dancing With The Stars” Season 6

  • Sky stared, slack-jawed, at the location where so recently the ciudad de ganja had metastasized.

    Shortcut Man

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