Culm definition

kŭlm
Waste from anthracite coal mines, consisting of fine coal, coal dust, and dirt.
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Waste material from coal screenings or washings.
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The stem of a grass or similar plant.
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Carboniferous shale.
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Inferior anthracite coal.
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Fine pieces of anthracite coal.
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The jointed stem of various grasses, usually hollow.
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To grow or develop into a culm.
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The stem of a grass or similar plant.
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Waste coal, used as a poor quality fuel; slack.
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Anthracite, especially when found in small masses.
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(botany) The stem of a plant, especially of grass or sedge.
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A German bishopric, founded in 1234.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
culm
Plural:
culms

Origin of culm

  • Middle English colme coal dust perhaps from Old English col coal

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin culmus stalk

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps related to coal. Perhaps from Welsh cwlm (“knot or tie”), applied to this species of coal, which is much found in balls or knots in some parts of Wales: compare Old English culme.

    From Wiktionary

  • Borrowed from Latin culmus.

    From Wiktionary