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or halm

  1. stems or stalks collectively, as of grain or of peas, beans, or hops, especially as used for litter or thatching.
  2. a single stem or stalk.
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Origin of haulm

before 900; Middle English halm, Old English healm; cognate with Dutch, German halm, Old Norse halmr; akin to Latin culmus stalk, Greek kálamos reed
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Historical Examples of haulm

  • In other instances the haulm of the seed is left in the field so that the cattle have access to it.

    Clovers and How to Grow Them

    Thomas Shaw

  • These form better coverings than straw or haulm, which is liable to become musty, and communicate the effect to the roots.

  • The haulm, when the seed crop has been well saved, has some feeding value, especially for cattle.

  • I have used, with advantage, the haulm of beans cut into lengths of about an inch.

  • He had theories as to hilling potatoes, or rather as to not hilling them until the ground could be drawn round the haulm wet.

    Memoirs of a Surrey Labourer

    George Sturt (AKA George Bourne)

British Dictionary definitions for haulm



  1. the stems or stalks of beans, peas, potatoes, grasses, etc, collectively, as used for thatching, bedding, etc
  2. a single stem of such a plant
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Word Origin for haulm

Old English healm; related to Old Norse halmr, Old High German halm stem, straw, Latin culmus stalk, Greek kalamos reed, Old Slavonic slama straw
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