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[loh-ment] /ˈloʊ mɛnt/
noun, Botany.
a pod that is contracted in the spaces between the seeds and that breaks at maturity into one-seeded indehiscent joints.
Origin of loment
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English lomente < Latin lōmentum bean meal, face cream made of loment, equivalent to lō(tus) (variant of lautus, past participle of lavāre to wash; see lave1) + -mentum -ment
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lomentlike, adjective Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ments, -menta (-ˈmɛntə)
the pod of certain leguminous plants, constricted between each seed and breaking into one-seeded portions when ripe
Derived Forms
lomentaceous (ˌləʊmənˈteɪʃəs) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin lomentum bean meal
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loment in Science
An indehiscent legume (a seed pod that does not split open) that is divided into separate seed-bearing segments, giving it a jointed appearance. The segments break off one by one at maturity. It is the characteristic fruit of many leguminous plants, such as the tick trefoil and the crown vetch.
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