One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An intoxicating sweet of Middle Eastern origin, made of cannabis leaves mixed with poppy seed, nux vomica, ghee, honey, etc.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Tooke (bap. 1744, d. 1820), writer and translator. From Urdu maʿjūn (in regional usage maʿjūm, mājūn) electuary, confection, majoun, and (partly via Persian) its etymon Arabic maʿjūn paste, electuary, majoun (goes to Turkish macun ( c =/dʒ/)), passive participle of ʿajana knead.
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