Ae·​gi·​lops | \ ˈē-jə-ˌläps, ˈe- \

Definition of Aegilops

in some classifications
: a genus of grasses sometimes used to include the presumed wild ancestors of domestic wheat which are now usually placed in the genus Triticum

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First Known Use of Aegilops

1777, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aegilops

New Latin, from Greek aigilōps havergrass, Turkey oak (Quercus cerris)

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“Aegilops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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