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

1375–1425; late Middle English lomente < Latin lōmentum bean meal, face cream made of loment, equivalent to lō(tus) (variant of lautus, past participle of lavāre to wash; see lave1) + -mentum -ment
Related formslo·ment·like, adjective
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  • Loment, a pod which separates transversely into joints, 122.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

British Dictionary definitions for loment


lomentum (ləʊˈmɛntəm)

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

Word Origin

C19: from Latin lomentum bean meal
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loment in Science


  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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