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 for Bowstring hemp
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,
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     African hemp, Bowstring hemp. See under African, and
     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
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bowstring \Bow"string`\, n.
     1. The string of a bow.
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     2. A string used by the Turks for strangling offenders.
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     Bowstring bridge, a bridge formed of an arch of timber or
        iron, often braced, the thrust of which is resisted by a
        tie forming a chord of the arch.
     Bowstring girder, an arched beam strengthened by a tie
        connecting its two ends.
     Bowstring hemp (Bot.), the tenacious fiber of the
        Sanseviera Zeylanica, growing in India and Africa, from
        which bowstrings are made. --Balfour.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bowstring hemp
      n 1: hemp obtained from the sansevieria
      2: strong fiber that resembles hemp; obtained from sansevieria
         and used for e.g. cordage
      3: grown as a houseplant for its mottled fleshy sword-shaped
         leaves or as a source of fiber [syn: sansevieria,
         bowstring hemp]

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