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[gruh-min-ee-uh s] /grəˈmɪn i əs/
belonging to the Gramineae family of plants.
Compare grass family.
Origin of gramineous
1650-60; < Latin grāmineus pertaining to grass, equivalent to grāmin- (stem of grāmen) grass + -eus -eous
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gramineousness, noun Unabridged
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  • We have in pastures a mixture of plants belonging both to the gramineous and leguminous classes, as well as a variety of weeds.

  • Sugar itself does not exist in gramineous substances; they only contain its elements, or first principles, which produce it.

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  • The seed of1442 Secale cereale, a gramineous plant, the native country of which is undetermined.

British Dictionary definitions for gramineous


resembling a grass; grasslike Also graminaceous (ˌɡræmɪˈneɪʃəs)
Word Origin
C17: from Latin grāmineus of grass, grassy, from grāmen grass
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Word Origin and History for gramineous

1650s, from Latin gramineus (adj.) "of grass, grassy," from gramen "grass" (see graminivorous).

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