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noun (1)

: refuse coal screenings : slack


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noun (2)

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

Word History


Noun (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

Latin culmus stalk — more at haulm

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of culm was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Culm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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