Illness or disease thought to be caused by such secretions; a cold, catarrh; rheumatism. [from 14th c.]
(poetic) Tears. [from 16th c.]
- genus Rheum
A taxonomic genus within the family Polygonaceae "” rhubarb.
Other Word Forms of Rheum
Origin of Rheum
From Anglo-Norman roume, reume, Middle French rume, ryeume, and their source, Late Latin rheuma, from Ancient Greek ῥεῦμα (rheuma, “stream, humour").
Middle English reume from Old French from Late Latin rheuma from Greek a flowing, rheum sreu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Medieval Latin rheum, from Ancient Greek ῥῆον (rheon, “rhubarb").
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