One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stalk or stem.
stem, shoot, trunk, stock, cane, bine, bent, straw, reedView synonyms
- ‘As the haulms grew they were top dressed with the same compost as before and supported by canes and string.’
- ‘Blight is a terribly cruel fungal attack which leaves the potato haulms in shreds just as though a herd of locusts had ravaged the whole crop and, yes, it can literally happen that fast.’
- ‘In reality organic potato producers frequently have to remove potato haulms early because of foliage blight.’
- ‘Blighted potato haulms can be cut off and burnt, or placed in the rubbish.’
- ‘I saw a neat vegetable patch the other day, with the onion haulms all pushed over, straightened and laid in the same direction to allow the sun to get at the tops.’
- 1.1mass noun The stalks or stems collectively of peas, beans, or potatoes without the pods or tubers, as used for animal bedding.‘potato haulm’
- ‘Sulphuric acid is widely used to wither the leafy foliage, or haulm, on potatoes before harvesting.’
- ‘Straw or haulm from treated crops must not be used as animal feed (or bedding) for at least 4 days after last application.’
- ‘Before harvesting haulm is pulled, cut or killed using chemicals. In general haulm destruction takes place 10-15 days before harvest.’
Old English healm, halm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch halm and German Halm, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin culmus ‘stalk’ and Greek kalamos ‘reed’.
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