from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British The stems of peas, beans, potatoes, or grasses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The stems of various cultivated plants, left after harvesting the crop to be used as animal litter or for thatching
  • n. An individual plant stem.
  • n. Part of a harness; a hame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The denuded stems or stalks of such crops as buckwheat and the cereal grains, beans, etc.; straw.
  • n. A part of a harness; a hame.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See halm.
  • n. An improper form of hame.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. stems of beans and peas and potatoes and grasses collectively as used for thatching and bedding


Middle English halm, straw, from Old English healm.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English halm, from Old English healm. (Wiktionary)


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