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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.
- ‘Water potential differences between the flag leaf, glumes, stem and grain were maintained as the water stress increased further (data not shown).’
- ‘It can infect leaves, sheaths, glumes, and awns.’
- ‘At the base of each spikelet, there is a pair of sterile glumes that surrounds a series of flowers (five to eight in number).’
- ‘The genes Hg and Hgb made the glume hairy.’
- ‘In the experiments in Table 1, pricking of an anther and the ovary induced dehiscence whereas cutting or piercing of the glumes did not.’
Late 18th century: from Latin gluma husk.
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