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glume

 (glo͞om)
n.
1. A bract, usually one of two, at the base of a grass spikelet.
2. A bract in a sedge spikelet, usually subtending a floret.

[Latin glūma, husk; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.]

glu·ma′ceous (glo͞o-mā′shəs) adj.

glume

(ɡluːm)
n
1. (Botany) botany one of a pair of dry membranous bracts at the base of the spikelet of grasses
2. (Botany) the bract beneath each flower in a sedge or related plant
[C18: from Latin glūma husk of corn; related to Latin glūbere to remove the bark from]
gluˈmaceous adj
ˈglumeˌlike adj

glume

(glum)

n.
one of a pair of chafflike bracts enclosing the floral parts of a spikelet in grasses.
[1570–80; < Latin glūma husk enclosing a cereal grain, probably =glūb(ere) to strip the bark from + *-sma n. suffix]
glu•ma•ceous (gluˈmeɪ ʃəs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.glume - small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceaeglume - small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae
bract - a modified leaf or leaflike part just below and protecting an inflorescence
flowering glume, lemma - the lower and stouter of the two glumes immediately enclosing the floret in most Gramineae