Melica

noun
Mel·​i·​ca | \ ˈmelə̇kə \

Definition of Melica

: a genus of perennial mostly woodland grasses somewhat resembling Festuca but having lemmas 2-lobed at the apex and the upper 2 or 3 lemmas empty and forming a club-shaped mass — see melic grass

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History and Etymology for Melica

New Latin, from Italian melica, meliga sorghum, modification (influenced by Latin mel honey) of Medieval Latin (herba) medica, literally, medical herb, from herba herb + medica, feminine of medicus medical

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“Melica.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Melica. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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