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 Patrick Donnelly, Nevada state director of the Center for Biological Diversity, told CNN Business his group is ready for years of fighting in court to protect Tiehm's buckwheat. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 11 May 2021 The common buckwheat turns a beautiful rust red color toward the end of summer and into fall, signaling the seasonal change. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Environmentalists say the benefits of Tiehm's buckwheat could be vast, but its full significance is unknown. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 11 May 2021 Jullapat highlights eight grains: barley, buckwheat, corn, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, and wheat. Heller Mcalpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 May 2021 Some environmental advocates are also worried about the impact more production would have on another desert resident that relies on lithium: a rare wildflower that grows on lithium-rich soil called Tiehm’s buckwheat. Stephanie Ebbs, Ginger Zee, Jon Schlosberg, ABC News, 23 Apr. 2021 Mother Grains focuses on eight whole grains that are grown and sold across the U.S.: barley, buckwheat, corn, oat, rice, rye, sorghum, and wheat. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 26 Jan. 2021 It’s made in L.A. from soft washed linen, filled with a custom blend of organic buckwheat and lavender and chamomile flowers. Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2020 It’s made in L.A. from soft washed linen, filled with a custom blend of organic buckwheat and lavender and chamomile flowers. Los Angeles Times, 11 Dec. 2020

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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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“Buckwheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buckwheat. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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