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culm1

[kuhlm] /kʌlm/
noun
1.
coal dust; slack.
2.
anthracite, especially of inferior grade.
Origin of culm1
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English colme, probably equivalent to col coal + -m suffix of uncertain meaning (compare -m in Old English fæthm fathom, wæstm growth)

culm2

[kuhlm] /kʌlm/
noun
1.
a stem or stalk, especially the jointed and usually hollow stem of grasses.
verb (used without object)
2.
to grow or develop into a culm.
Origin
1650-60; < Latin culmus stalk; akin to calamus, haulm
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Examples from the Web for culm
Historical Examples
  • The men—the lime-burners—were not long gone, and the culm was still burning.

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • As for having him at culm Rock, it was too preposterous a thought to be entertained for a moment.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • On such a day came Pike to the bank of culm, with a loudly beating heart.

    Crocker's Hole R. D. Blackmore
  • Uncle Richard was getting to be more of a mystery to him than culm Rock had been.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • Was he offended at what he had done and was doing for the culm people?

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • Bress ye, honey, ye didn't 'spect to go back in de dark to culm?

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • He worked with papa in the old sea-town where we lived, and he's come down to work here at culm among our fish-folk.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • He trembled for fear Uncle Richard would forbid him to go to culm again.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • No attempt is made to economize fuel, which consists mainly of culm, which would otherwise be wasted.

  • Time and patience would do something for these culm children, after all, he thought.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
British Dictionary definitions for culm

culm1

/kʌlm/
noun (mining)
1.
coal-mine waste
2.
inferior anthracite
Word Origin
C14: probably related to coal

culm2

/kʌlm/
noun
1.
the hollow jointed stem of a grass or sedge
Word Origin
C17: from Latin culmus stalk; see haulm

Culm

noun
1.
a formation consisting mainly of shales and sandstone deposited during the Carboniferous period in parts of Europe
Word Origin
C19: from culm1
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culm in Science
culm
  (kŭlm)   
The stem of a grass or similar plant.
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