glume

[ gloom ]
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nounBotany.
  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

1
1570–80; <Latin glūma husk enclosing a cereal grain, probably equivalent to glūb(ere) to strip the bark from + *-sma noun suffix

Other words from glume

  • glumelike, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for glume

glume

/ (ɡluːm) /


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

Origin of glume

1
C18: from Latin glūma husk of corn; related to Latin glūbere to remove the bark from

Derived forms of glume

  • glumaceous, adjective
  • glumelike, adjective

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Scientific definitions for glume

glume

[ glōōm ]


  1. One of the two chaffy bracts at the base of a grass spikelet.

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