- one of the characteristic chafflike bracts of the inflorescence of grasses, sedges, etc., especially one of the pair of bracts at the base of a spikelet.
Origin of glume
1570–80; < Latin glūma husk enclosing a cereal grain, probably equivalent to glūb(ere) to strip the bark from + *-sma noun suffix
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All of them may be awned as in Chloris or only the fourth glume as in Andropogon.
The first glume is ovate-lanceolate, acute and hyaline, 1-nerved.
In Panicum it is nearly two-thirds or less than the third glume.
The second glume is equal to or shorter than the fourth, 5- to 7-nerved.
The fourth glume is coriaceous, lanceolate, bisexual or female.
- botany one of a pair of dry membranous bracts at the base of the spikelet of grasses
- the bract beneath each flower in a sedge or related plant
C18: from Latin glūma husk of corn; related to Latin glūbere to remove the bark from
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- One of the two chaffy bracts at the base of a grass spikelet.
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