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buckwheat

noun buck·wheat \ˈbək-ˌhwēt, -ˌwēt\

: a plant with dark seeds that are used to make grain and flour; also : grain or flour made from the seeds of the buckwheat plant

Full Definition of BUCKWHEAT

1
:  any of a genus (Fagopyrum of the family Polygonaceae, the buckwheat family) of Eurasian herbs with alternate leaves, clusters of apetalous pinkish-white flowers, and triangular seeds; especially :  either of two plants (F. esculentum and F. tartaricum) cultivated for their edible seeds
2
:  the seed of a buckwheat used as a cereal grain

Origin of BUCKWHEAT

Dutch boekweit, from Middle Dutch boecweit, from boec- (akin to Old High German buohha beech tree) + weit wheat — more at beech
First Known Use: 1548

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