buckwheat

noun
buck·​wheat | \ ˈbək-ˌ(h)wēt How to pronounce buckwheat (audio) \

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

Examples of buckwheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s made in L.A. from soft washed linen, filled with a custom blend of organic buckwheat and lavender and chamomile flowers. Los Angeles Times, "30 gifts under $50 from the 2020 L.A. Times Gift Guide," 11 Dec. 2020 The Center for Biological Diversity said Friday the new findings reinforce the need to declare the buckwheat endangered. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, "Officials: Rodents likely destroyed rare plants at mine," 4 Dec. 2020 It’s made in L.A. from soft washed linen, filled with a custom blend of organic buckwheat and lavender and chamomile flowers. Los Angeles Times, "30 gifts under $50 from the 2020 L.A. Times Gift Guide," 11 Dec. 2020 Leftover buckwheat and the onion-mushroom mixture can be refrigerated, in separate airtight containers, for up to 3 days. Washington Post, "A comforting grain bowl relies on a surprising technique for the fluffiest kasha," 22 Oct. 2020 Fluff the buckwheat with a fork, then cover to keep warm until ready to serve. Washington Post, "A comforting grain bowl relies on a surprising technique for the fluffiest kasha," 22 Oct. 2020 Kapok is a fluffy fiber that's long been the traditional stuffing for zafus, but there's a buckwheat-hull version for $60 if your special someone prefers sitting on firmer cushions. Matt Jancer, Wired, "16 Stress-Relieving Gifts to Make 2020 More Bearable," 18 Nov. 2020 It’s made in L.A. from soft washed linen, filled with a custom blend of organic buckwheat and lavender and chamomile flowers. Los Angeles Times, "The wellness gift guide for your stressed-out group chat," 30 Oct. 2020 The federal lawsuit the Center for Biological Diversity filed Tuesday also demands the Bureau of Land Management take immediate action to protect Tiehm's buckwheat. Scott Sonner, Star Tribune, "Lawsuit seeks emergency listing of rare Nevada wildflower," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of buckwheat was in 1548

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12 Jan 2021

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“Buckwheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckwheat. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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buckwheat

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How to pronounce buckwheat (audio)

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

buckwheat

noun
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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