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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1777, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aegilops was in 1777

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“Aegilops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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