Definition of glume in English:


Syllabification: glume
Pronunciation: /glo͞om


  • Each of two membranous bracts surrounding the spikelet of a grass (forming the husk of a cereal grain) or one surrounding the florets of a sedge.
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    • Water potential differences between the flag leaf, glumes, stem and grain were maintained as the water stress increased further (data not shown).
    • At the base of each spikelet, there is a pair of sterile glumes that surrounds a series of flowers (five to eight in number).
    • It can infect leaves, sheaths, glumes, and awns.


late 18th century: from Latin gluma 'husk'.

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