Word of The Day for Thursday, June 2, 2011


gra•min•e•ous (gruh-MIN-ee-uhs)  adj

1. of, relating to, or characteristic of grasses
2. of or belonging to the grass family (Gramineae)
gramineousness noun; graminaceous adjective

1650s, from L. gramineus  "of grass, grassy," from gramen "grass"

Synonyms: grassy
Related Words: graminivorous: grass eater

Sentence Examples:
• Sugar itself does not exist in gramineous substances; they only contain its elements, or first principles, which produce it. - The Art of Making Whiskey, Anthony Boucherie

• In this connection the action of plant-roots in permitting a more abundant access of air to the lower layers of the soil, and thus promoting nitrification, is worth noticing. This has been observed in the case of different crops. Thus the action of nitrification has been found to be more marked in the lower layers of a soil on which a leguminous crop was growing than on that on which a gramineous. - Manures and the principles of manuring, Charles Morton Aikman

• The demands for porterage were so exorbitant next morning, that we set out on foot under the guidance of Tom Peter. We passed southwards over large tracts of bush and gramineous plants, with patches of small plantations, manioc and thur; and settlements girt by calabash-trees, cocoas, palmyra and oil palms. - Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo, Richard F. Burton

Sources: Free Dictionary, Online Etymology

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