triticale


trit·i·ca·le

noun \ˌtri-tə-ˈkā-lē\

Definition of TRITICALE

:  an amphidiploid hybrid between wheat and rye having protein-rich grain; also :  its grain

Origin of TRITICALE

New Latin, blend of Triticum, genus of wheat, and Secale, genus of rye
First Known Use: 1952

Rhymes with TRITICALE

triticale

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Wheat-rye hybrid that has a high yield and rich protein content. The first cross was reported in 1875, the first fertile cross in 1888. The name triticale first appeared in scientific literature in 1935 and is attributed to Erich Tschermak von Seysenegg. In favourable environmental conditions its yield equals that of wheat; under poor conditions its yield exceeds that of wheat. Its flour is not very suitable for breadmaking but can be blended with wheat flour. Major producers are Russia, the U.S., and Australia.

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