[ loh-ment ]

  1. a pod that is contracted in the spaces between the seeds and that breaks at maturity into one-seeded indehiscent joints.

Origin of loment

1375–1425; late Middle English lomente<Latin lōmentum bean meal, face cream made of loment, equivalent to (tus) (variant of lautus, past participle of lavāre to wash; see lave1) + -mentum-ment

Other words from loment

  • lo·ment·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for loment


lomentum (ləʊˈmɛntəm)

/ (ˈləʊmɛnt) /

nounplural -ments or -menta (-ˈmɛntə)
  1. the pod of certain leguminous plants, constricted between each seed and breaking into one-seeded portions when ripe

Origin of loment

C19: from Latin lomentum bean meal

Derived forms of loment

  • lomentaceous (ˌləʊmənˈteɪʃəs), adjective

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Scientific definitions for loment


[ mĕnt′ ]

  1. An indehiscent legume (a seed pod that does not split open) that is divided into separate seed-bearing segments, giving it a jointed appearance. The segments break off one by one at maturity. It is the characteristic fruit of many leguminous plants, such as the tick trefoil and the crown vetch.

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