AskDefine | Define melic

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Noun

  1. Any of various grasses, of the genus Melica, from north temperate regions

Adjective

  1. Of or pertaining to Greek lyric verse

Extensive Definition

Melica is a genus of perennial grasses known generally as melic or melic grass. They are found in most temperate regions of the world. They are clumping grasses with long, erect stems bearing spikelets of papery grass flowers. Some species of melic have corms and are sometimes called oniongrass.
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melic in Catalan: Melica
melic in Czech: Strdivka
melic in Spanish: Melica
melic in French: Mélique
melic in Lithuanian: Striepsnė
melic in Polish: Perłówka
melic in Portuguese: Melica
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