buck·​wheat ˈbək-ˌ(h)wēt How to pronounce buckwheat (audio)
: 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
: the seed of a buckwheat used as a cereal grain

Examples of buckwheat in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buckwheat was in 1548

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“Buckwheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckwheat. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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buck·​wheat ˈbək-ˌhwēt How to pronounce buckwheat (audio)
: either of two plants with white or greenish flowers that are grown for their dark triangular seeds which are used as a cereal grain
also : the seeds of a buckwheat

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