em·​mer ˈe-mər How to pronounce emmer (audio)
: an ancient tetraploid wheat (Triticum dicoccum) that has spikelets with two hard red grains which remain in the glumes after threshing and that has been cultivated especially in southwest Asia, northeast Africa, and Europe
also : the grain of emmer

Note: The grain of emmer is also called farro.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Kavilca and other ancient varieties of emmer may also have genetic resistance to wheat blast, a new disease that is decimating crops from Brazil to Bangladesh. Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2022 Farro is the overarching Italian name for three forms of ancient wheat: farro piccolo, or einkorn; farro medio, or emmer; and farro grande, or spelt. Casey Barber, CNN, 27 Oct. 2021 Meuer and his wife, Leslie, grow, harvest, stone-mill and sell a wide variety of flours including rye, spelt, soft red winter wheat, oat, durum, einkorn, emmer and corn for polenta. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2020 People who have been diagnosed with celiac disease have to completely avoid gluten, found in wheat, rye and barley, as well as variations of wheat including spelt, emmer (farro), einkorn and Kamut. Carrie Dennett, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2019 Whole grain: Choose from quinoa, emmer farro, einkorn, spelt, whole-grain sorghum (as opposed to pearled), whole-grain barley (again, not pearled), bulgur wheat, freekeh, Kamut wheat, brown rice, black rice, red rice and wild rice. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, 28 Nov. 2018 To have that followed kind of in rapid succession by these other millers, like Meuer Farm doing emmer, spelt and einkorn. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Feb. 2018 Sam Frederick, 20, a junior at Davidson College, was a su emmer intern at PARI. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, 21 Aug. 2017 In another Stockholm collaboration, Robertson visited the storied Valhalla bakery to show them how to use heirloom grains like einkorn and emmer. Leah Mennies, Bon Appetit, 6 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


German, from Old High German amari

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of emmer was in 1881

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“Emmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emmer. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



em·​mer ˈem-ər How to pronounce emmer (audio)
: an ancient wheat having spikelets with two hard red kernels
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