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Query Details


Query Subject:   Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
Author:   Max Wheeler
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Lexicography

Query:   The Oxford English Dictionary s.v. POT n.5 says 'prob. f. Mexican Sp.
_potiguaya_ marijuana leaves'. Many English language websites tell the same
story, some giving the supposed variant Spanish forms _potaguaya_ or
_potacion de guaya_.

I have so far found no evidence that _potiguaya_, _potaguaya_ or _potacion
de guaya_ are in fact used in Spanish. I would be interested to know of any
evidence that any of these expressions is used in any variety of Spanish.
If any of them is used, I would also like to know the meaning.
LL Issue: 16.2785
Date posted: 27-Sep-2005



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