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 For the second, Lejeck used a medicine cabinet to display modern medicine containers filled with traditional, medicinal plants, writing the Kumeyaay names for the plants like buckwheat — or hemill — on the bottle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 June 2022 One soldier lit a stove and began frying buckwheat. New York Times, 1 June 2022 There’s no buckwheat and sugar in her store nearby, and the prices have gone up. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 An example is moonshine yarrow [Achillea ‘Moonshine’ — a hybrid introduced in England] growing near bee’s bliss sage, or sweet lavender and rosemary growing near a native buckwheat and hummingbird sage. Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2022 The perfectly toothsome soba noodles are made with buckwheat from the now-legendary Anson Mills, purveyor of organic heirloom grains based in South Carolina. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Wild onion, buckwheat, and desert parsley can also be enjoyed, according to Mowry. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 26 Apr. 2022 To start, a quick Grains 101: Grains are the seeds of grass-like plants called cereals, such as wheat, corn, and rice, and some non-cereal plants (pseudocereals), including buckwheat, quinoa, and amaranth. Lisa Zwirn, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Jan. 2022 Known as field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) or hedge bindweed (Convolvulus sepium), both are in the morning glory family and often confused with wild buckwheat and morning glory, which are summer annual plants that aren’t invasive. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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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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