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Definition of spelt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an ancient wheat (Triticum spelta synonym T. aestivum spelta) with long spikelets containing two light red flattened grains also : the grain of spelt

Note: The grain of spelt is also called farro.


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Definition of spelt (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British past tense and past participle of spell

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Grains include oat, wheat, rice, barley, rye, bulgur, buckwheat, amaranth, farro, quinoa, millet, sorghum, teff, triticale, farro and spelt. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "A primer on whole grains: What they are, why they’re important and how to find them," 19 Aug. 2019 For now, the restaurant will offer a seasonal strawberry tiramisu alongside chocolate spelt cannoli, a fig leaf panna cotta and good gelato from Southeast Division Street’s Pinolo. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Ava Gene’s reopens Sunday after two-month renovation," 6 June 2019 Or look to one of the few main courses that doesn’t feature seafood, seared duck breast with spelt pancakes and kumquats. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House," 9 Apr. 2018 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, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 Regulars come for the Pain de Campagne and loaves made of spelt and ancient grains. Gisela Williams, New York Times, "Five Places to Go in Bantam, Conn.," 20 June 2018 Despite Morocco having failed to capitalise on their ascendancy despite being the aggressor in the Group B match-up, the Portuguese manager admitted his side's performance spelt trouble. SI.com, "Portugal Boss 'Not Happy' With 'Out of Control' Performance in Narrow Win Over Morocco," 20 June 2018 These hot cross buns are made from the perfect balance of wholemeal spelt and rye flour, similar to how my great Polish aunt used to make her brioche. Time, "Weekend Recipe: Healthy Hot Cross Buns for Easter," 29 Mar. 2018 This could be a clever take on Peking duck, with kumquats standing in for hoisin sauce and spelt crepes for the usual pancakes. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "Dinner in an almost classical mode, at Mooncusser Fish House," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spelt


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spelt


Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin spelta, of Germanic origin; perhaps akin to Middle High German spelte split piece of wood, Old High German spaltan to split — more at split

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