See under gram2 .
(in the East Indies) the chickpea used as a food for people and cattle.
any of several other beans, as the mung bean, Vigna radiata (green gram or golden gram) or the urd, V. mungo (black gram)
a plant, Vigna mungo, of the legume family, widely cultivated in tropical Asia for its edible seeds and for forage.
black gram See gram2 (sense 1)
a metric unit of mass equal to one thousandth of a kilogram. It is equivalent to 15.432 grains or 0.002 205 pounds g
any of several leguminous plants, such as the beans Phaseolus mungo (black gram or urd) and P. aureus (green gram), whose seeds are used as food in India
the seed of any of these plants
(in India) a village
A unit of mass in the metric system, equal to 0.001 kilogram or 0.035 ounce. See Table at measurement.
Danish bacteriologist who in 1884 developed a method of staining bacteria, called Gram’s stain or Gram’s dye, that is used to identify and classify bacteria, often from samples of infected body fluids. The classification, called gram-negative or gram-positive, can be useful in the initial selection of antibiotics to treat the infection.
a large grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, of Europe and western Asia, the male of which is black, the female mottled gray and brown. noun Also called black game. a large N European grouse, Lyrurus tetrix, the male of which has a bluish-black plumage and lyre-shaped tail a related and similar species, Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi, of W Asia
a low, contemptible person; scoundrel. Obsolete. a group of menial workers in the kitchen of a large household. the servants of an army. camp followers. to revile in scurrilous language. Historical Examples The Cloister and the Hearth Charles Reade Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic Twos and Threes G. B. Stern Carmen Prosper Merimee The Climbers […]
See under guillemot (def 1). a black or brown-speckled seabird of the genus Cepphus, of northern seas, having a sharply pointed black bill, red legs, and white wing patches, as C. grylle (black guillemot) of the North Atlantic and the similar C. columba (pigeon guillemot) of the North Pacific. British. a murre of the genus […]
sour gum. a tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of eastern North America, having elliptic leaves, dark-blue, berrylike fruit, and wood with a variety of commercial uses. Historical Examples Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various Shapes that Haunt the Dusk Various Captain Ted Louis Pendleton Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris noun a cornaceous tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of the […]