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Definition of crambe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

obsolete
: to play crambo

Crambe

noun
Cram·​be | \ ˈkrambē \

Definition of Crambe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a genus of chiefly Old World, mostly annual herbs (family Cruciferae) having coarse lyrate leaves and panicled white flowers — see sea kale
2 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

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History and Etymology for crambe

Intransitive verb

obsolete English crambe crambo

Noun

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

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“Crambe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crambe. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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