One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A fibre similar to hemp.
- ‘In summer we use buckwheat, Sudan grass, and sunn hemp.’
2A shrub of southern Asia with long narrow leaves and yellow flowers, from which sunn is obtained.
Crotalaria juncea, family Leguminosae
Late 18th century: from Urdu and Hindi san, from Sanskrit śaṇá ‘hempen’.
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