From Middle English halm, from Old English healm, from Proto-Germanic *halmaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱolh₂mos. Cognate with Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos) and Latin culmus. Doublet of calame and culm.
- (uncountable) The stems of various cultivated plants, left after harvesting the crop to be used as animal litter or for thatching.
- (countable) An individual plant stem.
- (countable) Part of a harness; a hame.
stems of cultivated plants left after harvesting
an individual plant stem
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