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

Examples of durum wheat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are three shapes: fusilli, shells and penne, all made with a combination of organic durum wheat and organic Kernza, a perennial wheatlike plant that yields a rich-tasting grain. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2024 There were signs of growth in the production of durum wheat, corn for silage, and several forage crops — an increase that matches that of the dairy industry in the past decades. The Arizona Republic, 5 Mar. 2024 The price of durum wheat — a type of wheat popular among Italian pasta-makers — has fallen 30% since May 2022. Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 11 May 2023 Though the package was Malibu Pink, the pasta itself was pretty ordinary-looking: traditional durum wheat yellow penne rigate, but cut a little shorter, hence the pennette. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 11 July 2023 Other crops such as durum wheat and spelt have been removed from the ban. Maciej Martewicz, Bloomberg.com, 5 June 2023 But the cost of raw materials including durum wheat have dropped 30% from a year earlier, the consumer rights group Assoutenti said in a statement. Elizabeth Napolitano, CBS News, 11 May 2023 Italian pasta is produced from durum wheat, whose prices, according to Italy’s largest agricultural body, Coldiretti, have fallen by 30 percent since last year. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 11 May 2023 The farmers group added that, despite the price of durum wheat being fairly uniform across Italy — at about €0.36 cents (39 cents) per kilogram — the retail price of pasta varied widely in different regions. Barbie Latza Nadeau, CNN, 11 May 2023

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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 18 Jun. 2024.

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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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