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intransitive verb

: to play crambo


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: a genus of chiefly Old World, mostly annual herbs (family Cruciferae) having coarse lyrate leaves and panicled white flowers see sea kale
crambe plural crambes or crambe : any herb of the genus Crambe
especially : one (Crambe abyssinica) native to the Mediterranean region and cultivated as an oilseed crop
Researchers at the University of North Dakota are studying how to make diesel out of the oilseed crop crambe. Bismarck (North Dakota) Tribune, 24 Jan. 2009
Crambe is a drought-tolerant oilseed crop with viability throughout western North Dakota. The crop typically costs less to plant, fertilize and grow. Catherine Dominguez, San Antonio Business Journal, 29 Jan. 2009

Word History


Intransitive verb

obsolete English crambe crambo


New Latin, from Latin, cabbage, from Greek krambē; akin to Late Greek krambos dry, withered

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“Crambe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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