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

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Cook buckwheat soba noodles per package directions. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Asian Steak Noodle Bowl," 28 Nov. 2018 At Hanjan in New York, chef Hooni Kim makes an exceptional mul naengmyeon, a dish of buckwheat or sweet-potato-starch noodles served in a frozen beef broth that’s more granita than soup. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 For example, beetle grubs thrive among most vegetables, but not in soil planted in buckwheat or clover. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How Crop Rotation Can Help You Manage Pests And Improve Soil Quality," 23 Feb. 2017 His taste buds piqued, Mr. Caron is playing with buckwheat, too, from another micro-maltster, Rabbit Hill. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Why Settle for the Beer Equivalent of Wonder Bread?," 7 Sep. 2018 Maybe the buckwheat crepe curled above the creamed chicken reminded me a bit too much of a dosa. New York Times, "French Cafe Food, Not So New but Very Much Improved," 1 May 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, 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

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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, -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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