Origin of rheum
Examples from the Web for rheum
English rhubarb is principally produced at Banbury, Oxfordshire, from the Rheum rhaponticum.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
The Doctor was now old, and his sharp, keen, grey eyes had suffered greatly by reason of rheum and much study.
Tears of emotion actually filled her eyes and mingled with the rheum of her cold.By the Light of the Soul|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Here for instance are the directions to be given a patient suffering from rheum or catarrh.Medieval Medicine|James J. (James Joseph) Walsh
Oxalate of lime exists in considerable quantity in the leaves and stalks of the common edible rhubarb (Rheum Rhaponticum).Memoranda on Poisons|Thomas Hawkes Tanner
British Dictionary definitions for rheum
Word Origin for rheum
Word Origin and History for rheum
"mucous discharge," late 14c., from Old French reume "a cold" (13c., Modern French rhume), from Latin rheuma, from Greek rheuma "discharge from the body, flux; a stream, current, flood, a flowing," literally "that which flows," from rhein "to flow," from PIE root *sreu- "to flow" (cf. Sanskrit sravati "flows," srotah "stream;" Avestan thraotah- "stream, river," Old Persian rauta "river;" Greek rheos "a flowing, stream," rhythmos "rhythm," rhytos "fluid, liquid;" Old Irish sruaim, Irish sruth "stream, river;" Welsh ffrwd "stream;" Old Norse straumr, Old English stream, Old High German strom (second element in maelstrom); Lettish strauma "stream, river;" Lithuanian sraveti "to trickle, ooze;" Old Church Slavonic struja "river," o-strovu "island," literally "that which is surrounded by a river;" Polish strumień "brook").