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The dried fruits (strobiles) of Humulus lupulus (family Moraceae), a climbing herb of central and northern Asia, Europe, and North America; an aromatic bitter, mildly sedative, and a diuretic; primarily used in the brewing industry for giving aroma and flavour to beer.

Synonyms: hops.

Origin: Mediev. L.

(05 Mar 2000)

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