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.

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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Related Words for glume

rind, pod, chaff, case, shell, hull, outside, skin, bark, shuck, glume, aril

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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
Derived Formsglumaceous, adjectiveglumelike, adjective

Word Origin for glume

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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