: 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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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