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n. Chiefly British
The stems of peas, beans, potatoes, or grasses.
[Middle English halm, straw, from Old English healm.]
1. (Botany) the stems or stalks of beans, peas, potatoes, grasses, etc, collectively, as used for thatching, bedding, etc
2. (Botany) a single stem of such a plant
[Old English healm; related to Old Norse halmr, Old High German halm stem, straw, Latin culmus stalk, Greek kalamos reed, Old Slavonic slama straw]
stems or stalks collectively, as of grain or of peas, beans, or hops.
[before 900; Middle English halm, Old English healm, c. Old Saxon, Old High German halm, Old Norse halmr; akin to Latin culmus stalk, Greek kálamos reed]