Saccharum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Saccharum tall perennial reedlike grass originally of southeastern Asia: sugarcane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Saccharum (Bot) A genus of tall tropical grasses including the sugar cane.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Saccharum Sugar.
    • n Saccharum [capitalized] [NL., Linnæus, 1737.] A genus of grasses of the tribe Andropogoncæ, type of the group Sacchareæ. It is characterized by minute spikelets in pairs, one of each pair stalked and the other sessile, each spikelet composed of four awnless hyaline glumes, of which three are empty and the terminal one shorter, blunt, and including three stamens and a free oblong grain. It differs from the nearly related ornamental grass Erianthus in its awnless glumes, and from Sorghum in having a fertile and perfect flower in each spikelet of a pair. It resembles Zea, the Indian corn, with monœcious flowers, and Arundo, the cane, with several-flowered spikelets, in habit only. It includes about 12 species, natives of warm regions, probably all originally of the Old World. They are tall grasses, with leaves which are flat, or convolute when dry, and flowers in a large terminal panicle, densely sheathed everywhere with long silky hairs. By far the most important species is S. officinarum, the common sugar-cane. See sugar-cane; also kans and moonja.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saccharum a genus of grasses, including the sugar-cane
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Saccharine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. saccharin—L. saccharum, sugar.

Usage

In literature:

Wallichia continues, as well as Bambusa, Saccharum Megala.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
This word is evidently the shakar of the Persians, the Latin saccharum, and our sugar.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Acer Saccharum 146 LXXIV.
"Handbook of the Trees of New England" by Lorin Low Dame
Leaves downy beneath =Black Maple, Acer saccharum var.
"The Plants of Michigan" by Henry Allan Gleason
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