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

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Join a family in their kitchen and learn how to prepare handmade noodles and momos, dumplings made with buckwheat grown in the fields surrounding Bumthang. National Geographic, "Bhutan High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The flours in gluten-free bread might be made of millet, rice, chia, potato, almond, buckwheat, quinoa, corn, or other things more expensive than wheat. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "7 Great Gluten-Free Breads, According to Someone Who Has Tried Them All," 31 May 2019 Add 4 ounces buckwheat soba noodles and cook according to package instructions. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Win the Weekday Lunch Game," 30 Aug. 2018 The study also delves into the analysis of plant DNA, which included cherries, pears, cabbages, buckwheat and other edible plants. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018 Miglore got pretty tired of sugar by the end — except for chocolate queen Alice Medrich’s Nibby Buckwheat Butter Cookies with cacao nibs and buckwheat flour, an intriguing and not-too-sweet shortbread. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Food52.com writer Kristen Miglore’s book ‘Genius Desserts’ includes several sweet Seattle specialties," 27 Nov. 2018 It's filled with organic rice and buckwheat seeds, which can retain heat for up to 30 minutes. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "5 Super-Easy Ways to Feel Better During Your Period," 28 Oct. 2016 The hotels offer free made-to-order buckwheat pancakes and evening gatherings with free organic wine and craft beer. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "The Luxury Hotels America’s Wealthy and Powerful Call Home," 27 Sep. 2018 The store’s original location, on East 59th Street, sells 10 times the amount of buckwheat noodles in the final month of the year versus the other 11 months, according to manager Masami Inoue. Charles Passy, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate With a Japanese Feast," 29 Dec. 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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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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