hordeum

noun hor·de·um \ˈhȯ(r)dēəm\

Definition of hordeum

  1. 1 capitalized :  a widely distributed genus of grasses having the flowers in dense spikes often with long-awned glumes and the one-flowered spikelets in clusters of two or three at each joint of the rachis — see barley

  2. 2 plural -s :  any grass of the genus Hordeum

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Origin and Etymology of hordeum

New Latin, from Latin, barley; akin to Old High German gersta barley, Greek kri, Albanian drith, and probably to Latin horrēre to bristle — more at horror


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