[ruh-men-tuh m]
noun, plural ra·men·ta [ruh-men-tuh] /rəˈmɛn tə/.
  1. a scraping, shaving, or particle.
  2. Botany. one of the thin, chafflike scales covering the shoots or leaves of certain ferns.

Origin of ramentum

1655–65; < Latin rāmentum a shaving, shred < *rādmentum, equivalent to rād(ere) to scrape + -mentum -ment
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noun plural -ta (-tə)
  1. any of the thin brown scales that cover the stems and leaves of young ferns
Derived Formsramentaceous (ˌræmɛnˈteɪʃəs), adjective

Word Origin for ramentum

C17: from Latin rādere to scrape
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