buck·​wheat | \ ˈbək-ˌhwēt How to pronounce buckwheat (audio) , -ˌwēt\

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

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The hotels offer free made-to-order buckwheat pancakes and evening gatherings with free organic wine and craft beer. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Luxury Hotels America’s Wealthy and Powerful Call Home," 27 Sep. 2018 The store’s original location, on East 59th Street, sells 10 times the amount of buckwheat noodles in the final month of the year versus the other 11 months, according to manager Masami Inoue. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 2018 Vintage recipes also make sponges out of all sorts of whole-grain flours, including buckwheat and corn. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Sourdough pancakes," 27 June 2018 Go for the bresaola; mozzarella; ricotta; burrata; pizza with nduja and smoked mozz; and a seasonal veg side like roasted carrots with buckwheat and goat yogurt, some of which are on the tasting menu and all of which are spectacular. Bon Appetit, "Pizza perfected in Inner Nørrebro," 18 June 2018 The menu will include buckwheat-pasta dishes, pressed sandwiches, roast chicken and poached salmon. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Star chef Edouardo Jordan will open another restaurant in Seattle," 22 Oct. 2018 Cook buckwheat soba noodles per package directions. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Asian Steak Noodle Bowl," 28 Nov. 2018 At Hanjan in New York, chef Hooni Kim makes an exceptional mul naengmyeon, a dish of buckwheat or sweet-potato-starch noodles served in a frozen beef broth that’s more granita than soup. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 For example, beetle grubs thrive among most vegetables, but not in soil planted in buckwheat or clover. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How Crop Rotation Can Help You Manage Pests And Improve Soil Quality," 23 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of buckwheat

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buckwheat

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

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English Language Learners Definition of buckwheat

: 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


buck·​wheat | \ ˈbək-ˌhwēt How to pronounce buckwheat (audio) , -ˌwēt\

Kids Definition of buckwheat

: a plant with pinkish white flowers that is grown for its dark triangular seeds which are used as a cereal grain

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