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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Origin and Etymology of 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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