\ ˈkəlm How to pronounce culm (audio) \

Definition of culm

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: refuse coal screenings : slack

Definition of culm (Entry 2 of 2)

: a monocotyledonous stem (as of a grass or sedge)

First Known Use of culm

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for culm

Noun (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

Latin culmus stalk — more at haulm

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“Culm.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culm. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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