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

Examples of buckwheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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, charlotteobserver, "Easy pancakes make any morning special," 26 June 2018 There’s also healthier fare like a smoothie bowl made with banana, pineapple, hemp seeds, buckwheat granola and seasonal fruit. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Wooden Spoon opens as a boozy brunch option for the Castro crowd," 16 May 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'buckwheat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about buckwheat

Statistics for buckwheat

Last Updated

17 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for buckwheat

The first known use of buckwheat was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for buckwheat

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on buckwheat

What made you want to look up buckwheat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!