buckwheat

noun
buck·wheat | \ ˈbək-ˌhwēt , -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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Trump spent Friday participating in the rituals of the G-7, including the formal greeting by host Trudeau, a group photo in front of the sparkling St. Lawrence River and a working lunch of Arctic char and buckwheat salad. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump banters with allies at G-7 meeting and stresses friendship," 9 June 2018 There’s a time and place for that old box of Hershey’s, like in this chocolate banana bread or Dutch baby, but when a recipe calls for Dutch-processed (hello, salted caramel tart,chocolate buckwheat waffles, and blackout cake), stick to the script. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "Why All Your Brownies Should Be Made with This Cocoa Powder," 3 Mar. 2018 Feel free to adjust the ratio of the flours, or substitute some rye or buckwheat flour for all or part of the whole-wheat. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "Whole-Grain Pancakes to Make Any Morning Special," 15 June 2018 The blood sausage slab on top of a buckwheat galette that surfaced at the end of June was as seasonal as earmuffs. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Experiment by subbing in a cup of any combination of flours: buckwheat, whole wheat, teff, corn, rye. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Sourdough pancakes," 27 June 2018 Even the equipment that Soba Ichi is using to mill its buckwheat had to be brought over from Japan. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Soba noodle gurus open new West Oakland destination Soba Ichi," 19 June 2018 Gluten-free eaters learn to love alternative grains like amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and rice, but only those with a wheat allergy or, more seriously, celiac disease, must strictly comply. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018 And thank goodness for that, because who doesn’t enjoy a good buckwheat pancake from time to time? Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "The 11 Healthiest Whole Grains You Should Be Eating," 2 Mar. 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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buckwheat

noun

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 , -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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