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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

Examples of spelt in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Some to try: wheat berries, barley, spelt, quinoa, buckwheat and oats. Justin Ward, ExpressNews.com, 14 May 2020 That pizza is made with a high-hydration dough fermented for up to 36 hours, with all-organic flours such as spelt. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 27 Apr. 2020

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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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“Spelt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelt. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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