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  1. Pertaining to the hemorrhoids; as, the hemorrhoidal vessels.
  2. Consisting in a flux of blood from the vessels of the anus.

HEM'OR-RHOIDS, n. [Gr. αἱμορῥοις; αἱμα, blood, and ῥοος, a flowing.]

A discharge of blood from the vessels of the anus; the piles; in Scripture, emerods. The term is also applied to tumors formed by a morbid dilatation of the hemorrhoidal veins. When they do not discharge blood, they are called blind piles; when they occasionally emit blood, bleeding or open piles. Cyc. Parr.

HEMP, n. [Sax. henep; G. hanf; D. hennep or kennip; Sw. hampa; Dan. hamp; Fr. chanvre; Arm. canab; Ir. cannaib, cnaib; L. cannabis; Gr. κανναβις; Sp. cañamo; It. canapa; Russ. konopel. It is found in the Arabic. See Class Nb, No. 20, 26.]

  1. A fibrous plant of the genus Cannabis, whose skin or bark is used for cloth and cordago. Hence, canvas, the coarse strong cloth used for sails.
  2. The skin or rind of the plant, prepared for spinning. Large quantities of hemp are exported from Russia.


A plant, a species of Eupatorium.

HEMP'EN, a. [hemp'n.]

Made of hemp; as, a hempen cord.

HEMP'Y, a.

Like hemp. [Unusual.] Howell.

HEN, n. [Sax. hen, henne; G. henne; D. hen; Sw. höna; Dan. höne. In Goth. hana, Sax. han, hana, is a cock; G. hahn; D. haan. In Sw. and Dan. hane is a cock, the male of a fowl, and han is he, the personal pronoun.]

The female of any kind of fowl; but it is particularly applied to the female of the domestic fowl of the gallinaceous kind, or as sometimes called, the barn-door fowl.

HEN'BANE, n. [hen and bane.]

A plant, the Hyoscyamus, of several species. The roots, leaves and seeds are poisonous. Encyc.


A plant, the ivy-leaved speedwell. Derham.

HENCE, adv. [hens; Sax. heona; Scot. hyne; G. hin.]

  1. From this place. Arise, let us go hence. John xiv. I will send thee far hence to the Gentiles. Acts xxil.
  2. From this time; in the future; as, a week hence; a year hence.
  3. From this cause or reason, noting a consequence, inference or deduction from something just before stated. Hence, perhaps it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord, the beginning of wisdom. Tillotson. It sometimes denotes an inference or consequence, resulting from something that follows. Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even from your lusts. James iv.
  4. From this source or original. All other faces borrowed hence. Suckling. Hence signifies from this, and from before hence is not strictly correct. But from hence is so well established by custom, that it may not be practicable to correct the use of the phrase. Hence, is used elliptically and imperatively, for go hence; depart hence; away; be gone. Hence, with your little ones. Shak. Hence, as a verb, to send off, as used by Sidney, is improper.

HENCE'FORTH, adv. [hens'forth.]

From this time forward. I never from thy side henceforth will stray. Milton.

HENCE-FOR'WARD, adv. [hensfor'ward.]

From this time forward; henceforth. Shak. Dryden.

HENCH'MAN, or HENCH'BOY, n. [Sax. hinc, a servant.]

A page; a servant. [Obs.] Shak. Dryden.


A coop or cage for fowls.

HEND, or HEND'Y, a.

Gentle. [Obs.] Chaucer.

HEND, or HENT, v.t. [Sax. hentan.]

  1. To seize; to lay hold on. [Obs.] Fairfax.
  2. To crowd; to press on. [Obs.] Shak.

HEN-DEC'A-GON, n. [Gr. ενδεκα, eleven, and γωνια, an angle.]

In geometry, a figure of eleven sides, and as many angles. Encyc.

HEN-DEC-A-SYL'LA-BLE, n. [Gr. ενδεκα and ςυλλαβη.]

A metrical line of eleven syllables. Warton.

HEN-DI'A-DIS, n. [Gr.]

A figure, when two nouns are used instead of a noun and an adjective. Scott.


A kind of hawk. Walton.


A species of kite, pygargus. Ainsworth.


Cowardly; timid; dastardly.


A house or shelter for fowls.


Governed by the wife. Dryden.


A place where poultry rest at night. Addison.