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  1. glumenoun

    small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae


  1. glumenoun

    a basal, membranous, outer sterile husk or bract in the flowers of grasses (Poaceae) and sedges (Cyperaceae)

  2. Etymology: The term comes from the Latin gluma, meaning "husk of grain". It can also be seen in the French verb, glubere meaning "to peel".


  1. Glume

    In botany, a glume is a bract (leaf-like structure) below a spikelet in the inflorescence (flower cluster) of grasses (Poaceae) or the flowers of sedges (Cyperaceae). There are two other types of bracts in the spikelets of grasses: the lemma and palea. In grasses, two bracts known as "glumes" form the lowermost organs of a spikelet (there are usually two but one is sometimes reduced; or rarely, both are absent). Glumes may be similar in form to the lemmas, the bracts at the base of each floret. In sedges, by contrast, a glume is a scale at the base of each flower in a spikelet.


  1. glume

    A glume is the hard outer protective covering of a cereal grain, such as wheat, barley, or corn. Also known as husk or chaff, it's a bract (a modified or specialized leaf, especially associated with reproductive structures) that typically surrounds the seed in grasses.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glumenoun

    the bracteal covering of the flowers or seeds of grain and grasses; esp., an outer husk or bract of a spikelt

  2. Etymology: [L. gluma hull, husk, fr. glubere to bark or peel: cf. F. glume or gloume.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glume

    glōōm, n. a term applied to certain bracts in grasses and sedges.—adjs. Glumā′ceous, Glu′mal, Glumif′erous, Glu′mose, Glu′mous. [L. gluma, husk—glubĕre, to peel off bark.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glume in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glume in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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    • A. hypernym
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