durum wheat


du·​rum wheat ˈdu̇r-əm- How to pronounce durum wheat (audio)
: a wheat (Triticum durum) that yields a glutenous flour used especially in pasta

called also durum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pasta is typically made with just durum wheat and water, so wheat prices should correlate with pasta prices, activists argue. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 11 May 2023 The dough is made of durum wheat and water. CNN, 2 Feb. 2022 Forget worries about pasta shortages (the Canadian harvest of durum wheat is down by almost a third) and the soaring prices of poultry (the staple of Montreal’s famous rotisserie chicken outlets) and beef (the star of the popular steak frites joints that dot the city). New York Times, 26 Nov. 2021 The sandy texture of these shortbreadlike cookies comes from semolina, made from durum wheat and usually used for pasta. Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 Boelts irrigates 2,000 acres with Colorado River water that grows one or two crops of lettuce and other vegetables in winter, wheat in spring, melons in fall and spring, and durum wheat and cotton in spring and summer. Brandon Loomis, AZCentral.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Cited by our experts as being the best tasting of all the low-carb noodles and the most similar to traditional white pasta, GoodWheat pasta is made with one ingredient, durum wheat semolina. Amy Fischer Ms, Rd, Good Housekeeping, 18 Aug. 2022 This summer, her harvest of durum wheat yielded 30 percent below normal. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 20 July 2022 Dry pasta relies essentially on one type of wheat, durum wheat, which only gets produced in certain parts of the world. Priyanka Vora, Quartz, 3 May 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin durum, from Latin, neuter of durus hard

First Known Use

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of durum wheat was circa 1903

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“Durum wheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durum%20wheat. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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durum wheat

du·​rum wheat ˌd(y)u̇r-əm- How to pronounce durum wheat (audio)
: a wheat that yields a flour used especially in pasta

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