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

Examples of buckwheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike Japanese soba, which is typically made with buckwheat flour, Okinawan soba is formed with wheat flour; the noodles are also flatter, broader, and wavier than their counterparts. Katherine Lagrave, Bon Appétit, "An Okinawa Childhood Spent With a Snorkel and Bowls of Soba," 6 Nov. 2019 The dinner includes an amuse-bouche, Miyazaki rib cap meat and Kauai blue shrimp, green tea soba (buckwheat) noodles with medley of summer vegetable, Miyazaki ribeye tataki (beef) and Wagyu butter mochi (rice cake) for dessert. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: San Diego Festival of Beer celebrates 25 years of cancer activism," 19 Sep. 2019 Boshart has recently been leading strolls through the rat’s remnant kingdom of buckwheat, yuccas, sage and soft, loose sand on the northern edge of Rialto in San Bernardino County, to win more support for her cause. Los Angeles Times, "This rat is foiling developers’ plans to capitalize on a weaker Endangered Species Act," 22 Aug. 2019 Grains include oat, wheat, rice, barley, rye, bulgur, buckwheat, amaranth, farro, quinoa, millet, sorghum, teff, triticale, farro and spelt. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "A primer on whole grains: What they are, why they’re important and how to find them," 19 Aug. 2019 Modern readers don’t tend to chop firewood or plow fields after eating Pa’s favorite breakfast of buckwheat pancakes, molasses, and ham. Terena Bell, BostonGlobe.com, "When it’s OK to allow literature to influence dining," 17 June 2019 The fancy new French restaurant downtown has a peach foie gras at the moment, served with laurel custard and a buckwheat brioche. Josie Sexton, The Know, "From peach foie gras to boozy slushies, 20 ways to eat peaches at Denver restaurants right now," 28 Aug. 2019 They could be plied with lemon curd and hibiscus jelly, maple butter with bruleed bananas and pecans; or formed from buckwheat with Sonoran honey. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Ghostfish Brewing Company Shrouded Summit Belgian White, 4.8% ABV Spicy millet and smooth buckwheat combine to produce this fluffy, tart brew with a hint of tickling lime zest. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Why Settle for the Beer Equivalent of Wonder Bread?," 7 Sep. 2018

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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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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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