Definitions

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

  • n. An indehiscent legume, as of the tick trefoil, usually constricted between the seeds and separating at maturity into one-seeded segments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of modified legume that breaks apart at constrictions occurring between the segments of the seeds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An elongated pod, consisting, like the legume, of two valves, but divided transversely into small cells, each containing a single seed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mash or mixture.
  • n. In botany, a legume which at maturity breaks up by transverse articulations into oneseeded indehiscent joints. See legume, 2.

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

  • n. seedpods that are constricted between the seeds and that break apart when mature into single-seeded segments

Etymologies

Latin lōmentum, skin conditioner made of bean meal, from lavere, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Not the keenings of a bean overcome by tristeza, but rather,

    (n): A legume fruit that dehisces transversely (with respect to its long axis) between individual seed sections.

    To my knowledge loment in the strict sense is only used for transversely dehiscing seed pods or fruits of the legume plant family (Fabaceae, a.k.a. Leguminosae).

    January 6, 2009