- the stalks or stems of cultivated cereal plants, beans, peas, etc., esp. after the crop has been gathered
- straw or hay used for thatching, bedding, etc.
- a stem of grass or grain
Origin: ME halm < OE healm, halm, straw, akin to Ger halm < IE *olemos, reed, cane > Gr kalamos, L culmus
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noun Chiefly British
Origin: Middle English halm, straw, from Old English healm.