- 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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Examples from the Web for gramineous
The seed of1442 Secale cereale, a gramineous plant, the native country of which is undetermined.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Sugar itself does not exist in gramineous substances; they only contain its elements, or first principles, which produce it.The Art of Making Whiskey
We have in pastures a mixture of plants belonging both to the gramineous and leguminous classes, as well as a variety of weeds.Manures and the principles of manuring
Charles Morton Aikman
- resembling a grass; grasslikeAlso: graminaceous (ˌɡræmɪˈneɪʃəs)
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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