[ gruh-min-ee-uh s ]
/ grəˈmɪn i əs /


belonging to the Gramineae family of plants.
Compare grass family.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gramineous


/ (ɡrəˈmɪnɪəs) /


resembling a grass; grasslikeAlso: graminaceous (ˌɡræmɪˈneɪʃəs)

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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