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glume

[gloom]
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noun Botany.
  1. 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.
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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
Related formsglume·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for glume

Historical Examples

  • All of them may be awned as in Chloris or only the fourth glume as in Andropogon.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • The first glume is ovate-lanceolate, acute and hyaline, 1-nerved.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • In Panicum it is nearly two-thirds or less than the third glume.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • The second glume is equal to or shorter than the fourth, 5- to 7-nerved.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar

  • The fourth glume is coriaceous, lanceolate, bisexual or female.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

    Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar


British Dictionary definitions for glume

glume

noun
  1. botany one of a pair of dry membranous bracts at the base of the spikelet of grasses
  2. the bract beneath each flower in a sedge or related plant
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Derived Formsglumaceous, adjectiveglumelike, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin glūma husk of corn; related to Latin glūbere to remove the bark from
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glume in Science

glume

[glōōm]
  1. One of the two chaffy bracts at the base of a grass spikelet.
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