A dry fruit of certain leguminous plants, such as the tick trefoil, having constrictions between the seeds and separating at maturity into one-seeded segments.
A legume fruit that separates at its constrictions into one-seeded segments when ripe.
An indehiscent legume (a seed pod that does not split open) that is divided into separate seed-bearing segments, giving it a jointed appearance. The segments break off one by one at maturity. It is the characteristic fruit of many leguminous plants, such as the tick trefoil and the crown vetch.
Origin of loment
- Latin lōmentum skin conditioner made of bean meal from lavere to wash leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition