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: 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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chiefly British past tense and past participle of spell

Examples of spelt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Natural & Delicious high protein, 20% Ancestral Grain recipes are made up of 60 percent animal products (pre-cooking weight), 20% organic spelt and organic oats, and 20% vegetables, fruits, vitamins, and minerals. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Oct. 2022 Unique and innovative dishes include swede, Morel mushrooms and wild garlic, Shitake mushrooms with peas and spelt and halibut with seaweed, sea leeks. Joanne Shurvell, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The breads are made from whole wheat, rye, ancient grains such as einkorn and spelt, and Red Fife, a heritage wheat. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2021 Use the spelt to make these blueberry muffins and the hard white and hard red flours for breads. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 26 Jan. 2021 The dish is served with a spelt (farro) pilaf (recipe not provided). John-John Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, 1 Nov. 2020 Olive oil and spelt, a grain with an earthy flavor, offset some of the sweetness of the filling. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 16 Sep. 2020 Quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (a wheat grain said to be discovered in an Egyptian tomb) and teff (an Ethiopian grain about the size of a poppy seed) are some examples of ancient grains. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 20 May 2020 For that reason, when substituting it for all-purpose, use 50 percent whole-wheat, and 50 percent of another flour, preferably all-purpose, pastry flour or spelt, to avoid a dense result. Erin Jeanne McDowell, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020

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Word History



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

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spelt was before the 12th century

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“Spelt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelt. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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chiefly British past and past participle of spell

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