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[gruh-min-ee-uh s]
  1. grasslike.
  2. belonging to the Gramineae family of plants.
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Origin of gramineous

1650–60; < Latin grāmineus pertaining to grass, equivalent to grāmin- (stem of grāmen) grass + -eus -eous
Related formsgra·min·e·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for gramineous

Historical Examples of gramineous

  • The seed of1442 Secale cereale, a gramineous plant, the native country of which is undetermined.

    Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II

    Arnold Cooley

  • Sugar itself does not exist in gramineous substances; they only contain its elements, or first principles, which produce it.

    The Art of Making Whiskey

    Anthony Boucherie

  • We have in pastures a mixture of plants belonging both to the gramineous and leguminous classes, as well as a variety of weeds.

British Dictionary definitions for gramineous


  1. resembling a grass; grasslikeAlso: graminaceous (ˌɡræmɪˈneɪʃəs)
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Word Origin for gramineous

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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