AskDefine | Define culm

Dictionary Definition

culm n : stem of plants of the Gramineae

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see Culm



  • /kʌlm/

Etymology 1

Origin unknown, probably related to coal.


  1. waste coal, used as a poor quality fuel; slack.

Etymology 2

Latin culmus.


  1. the stem of a plant, especially of grass or sedge
    • 1962: because, upon hearing him out, she sank down on the lawn in an impossible posture, examining a grass culm and frowning, he had taken his words back at once — Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

Extensive Definition

Culm may refer to:
culm in German: Culm
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