AskDefine | Define glume

Dictionary Definition

glume n : small dry membranous bract found in inflorescences of Gramineae and Cyperaceae

User Contributed Dictionary



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


  • Italian: gluma



  1. Plural of gluma

Extensive Definition

Chaff ( or /tʃæf/, both to rhyme with "half") is a term from agriculture used for the inedible, dry, scaly protective casings of the seeds of cereal grain. Chaff is a byproduct of grain production and is often used as livestock fodder, ploughed into the soil, or burnt.


From Middle English chaf, from Old English ceaf; related to Old High German cheva meaning husk.
glume in German: Spelze
glume in Spanish: Gluma
glume in Esperanto: Glumo
glume in French: Glume
glume in Dutch: Kelkkafje
glume in Japanese: 籾殻
glume in Polish: Plewa
glume in Russian: Мякина
glume in Thai: แกลบ
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