Dictionary.com

culm

1
[ kuhlm ]
/ kʌlm /
Save This Word!

noun
coal dust; slack.
anthracite, especially of inferior grade.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of culm

1
1300–50; Middle English colme, probably equivalent to colcoal + -m suffix of uncertain meaning (compare -m in Old English fæthm fathom, wæstm growth)

Other definitions for culm (2 of 2)

culm2
[ kuhlm ]
/ kʌlm /

noun
a stem or stalk, especially the jointed and usually hollow stem of grasses.
verb (used without object)
to grow or develop into a culm.

Origin of culm

2
1650–60; <Latin culmus stalk; akin to calamus, haulm
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use culm in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for culm (1 of 3)

culm1
/ (kʌlm) /

noun mining
coal-mine waste
inferior anthracite

Word Origin for culm

C14: probably related to coal

British Dictionary definitions for culm (2 of 3)

culm2
/ (kʌlm) /

noun
the hollow jointed stem of a grass or sedge

Word Origin for culm

C17: from Latin culmus stalk; see haulm

British Dictionary definitions for culm (3 of 3)

Culm

Culm Measures


noun
a formation consisting mainly of shales and sandstone deposited during the Carboniferous period in parts of Europe

Word Origin for Culm

C19: from culm 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for culm

culm
[ kŭlm ]

The stem of a grass or similar plant.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK