Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The stem or stalk of grain of any kind, and of peas, beans, hops, etc.
- n. Straw; the dry stalks of corn, etc., in general.
- n. In England, especially, a kind of grass, Ammophila arundinacea or Psamma arenaria. Also called maram, matweed, and stare. See Ammophila.
- n. botany alternative spelling of haulm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) Same as haulm.
- n. stems of beans and peas and potatoes and grasses collectively as used for thatching and bedding
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“It will now be necessary to wrap up the bed with straw, pea-halm, or hay, about eighteen inches wide at the bottom, drawing it in gradually to a foot wide, within three inches of the top of the box.”
“If there is an insufficiency of dung, you can add a foot of dry rubbish, such as strawberry or asparagus halm, or any other loose stuff.”
“Let it be about three feet nine inches at the back by three feet six inches in the front; should there, however, happen to be a scarcity of dung, a foot of strawberry or asparagus halm, fagots, or pieces of wood, or, indeed, some of each, may be added at the bottom of the bed.”
“Faith! she sat as straught as a rash, wi 'jist a hing i' the heid o 'her, like the heid o' a halm o 'wild aits.”
“Mitt på golvet -- med halm var det strött -- brann lågan beständigt 40 glatt på sin murade häll, och igenom det luftiga rökfång blickade stjärnorna in, de himmelska vänner, i salen.”
“Thus, in meditations more moral than amusing, Orlando passed two or three tedious hours, sheltered by pease halm and straw, which he gathered around him, and leaning against the boards of the barn, that he might not fail to hear when the ambassadress entered the outhouse adjoining to it.”
“He distributes a multitude of straws, which he inserts to stick out in different places, so that the halm may remind him of what his memory cannot retain.”
“(the term of ear not being applicable to the growth of this plant) about six inches below the grain, the remaining stalk or halm being left as of no value.”
“650 A.D., when the name applied is _calamus_ (reed); later the names _shalmei_ (_chalumeau_, "straw," from German _halm_) and”
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