durum wheat

du·​rum wheat | \ ˈdu̇r-əm- How to pronounce durum wheat (audio) , ˈdyu̇r-, ˈdər-əm-, ˈdə-rəm- \

Definition of durum wheat

: a wheat (Triticum durum) that yields a glutenous flour used especially in pasta

called also durum

Examples of durum wheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bulk of their crop is durum wheat, which is exported by cargo ship to countries in Africa and Latin America for foods such as pastas and couscous. Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 The trouble is, less than a tenth of the world’s total wheat production is durum wheat. Eric J. Lyman, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2021 For millennia, Jordan has been home to a high-quality, hard durum wheat – the type that is today prized in Italy for pasta. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Oct. 2021 Costly, as in a big rise in prices customers pay for dry pasta and other consumer products made from durum wheat, like couscous and some kinds of bread. Eric J. Lyman, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2021 The government has pledged to double its production of durum wheat by 2025 in an apparent bid to ensure pasta supplies. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 The ground durum wheat, for which the shop is named, would come from Wisconsin's Meadowlark Organics and from Central Milling in Utah, also organic. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 From there, the fish gets coated with spices and semolina, a coarsely ground durum wheat, which creates a lovely golden crust. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Mar. 2021 Unlike traditional pastas made from refined durum wheat or semolina, whole-wheat flour maintains the bran and germ during processing. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of durum wheat

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durum wheat

New Latin durum, from Latin, neuter of durus hard

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“Durum wheat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durum%20wheat. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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