buckwheat

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noun buck·wheat \ˈbək-ˌhwēt, -ˌwēt\

Definition of buckwheat

  1. 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. 2 :  the seed of a buckwheat used as a cereal grain

Origin and Etymology of buckwheat

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


BUCKWHEAT Defined for English Language Learners

buckwheat

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noun buck·wheat \ˈbək-ˌhwēt, -ˌwēt\

Definition of buckwheat for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

buckwheat

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noun buck·wheat \ˈbək-ˌhwēt, -ˌwēt\

Definition of buckwheat for Students

  1. :  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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