variants or less commonly alpiste
plural -s
: the seed of canary grass
: the seed of any of various species of Phleum

Word History


Spanish alpiste, from Mozarabic al-bisht the alpist, from al- the (from Arabic) + bisht alpist, from Medieval Latin pistum, from Latin, neuter of pistus, past participle of pinsere to pound, crush

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alpist was in 1597

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“Alpist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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