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 for African hemp
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  African \Af"ri*can\, a. [L. Africus, Africanus, fr. Afer
     African.]
     Of or pertaining to Africa.
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     African hemp, a fiber prepared from the leaves of the
        Sanseviera Guineensis, a plant found in Africa and
        India.
  
     African marigold, a tropical American plant ({Tagetes
        erecta).
  
     African oak or African teak, a timber furnished by
        Oldfieldia Africana, used in ship building.
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     African violet .
  
     African-American, see African-American.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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     African hemp, Bowstring hemp. See under African, and
        Bowstring.
  
     Bastard hemp, the Asiatic herb Datisca cannabina.
  
     Canada+hemp,+a+species+of+dogbane+({Apocynum+cannabinum">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">Water hemp, an annual American weed ({Acnida cannabina),
        related to the amaranth.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  African hemp
      n 1: bowstring hemp of South Africa [syn: African bowstring
           hemp, African hemp, Sansevieria guineensis]
      2: large shrub of South Africa having many conspicuously hairy
         branches with large hairy leaves and clusters of conspicuous
         white flowers [syn: African hemp, Sparmannia africana]

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