wheat

noun, often attributive
\ ˈhwēt How to pronounce wheat (audio) , ˈwēt\

Definition of wheat

1 : a cereal grain that yields a fine white flour used chiefly in breads, baked goods (such as cakes and crackers), and pastas (such as macaroni or spaghetti), and is important in animal feeds
2 : any of various Old World annual grasses (genus Triticum, especially T. aestivum and T. turgidum) of wide climatic adaptability that are cultivated in most temperate areas for the wheat they yield
3 : a light yellow

Examples of wheat in a Sentence

a turkey sandwich on wheat

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The most common allergies kids leave behind are those to milk, egg, wheat, and soy, whereas reactions to shellfish, sesame, tree nuts, and peanuts are more likely to be lifelong. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 At that point, American and Chinese agricultural production, particularly in corn and wheat, would drop by about 20 to 40 percent in the first five years. Alex Ward, Vox, "This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you," 19 Oct. 2018 The administration's plan on the bailout announced last week would borrow money from the Treasury to pay producers of soybeans, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, and hogs. Kevin Freking, Fox News, "On trade policy, Trump is turning GOP orthodoxy on its head," 28 July 2018 Recipe® Grain Free Salmon, Sweet Potato, and Pumpkin Recipe, for instance, is free from corn, wheat, soy protein, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Jessica Migala, Country Living, "7 Great Cities to Visit With Your Dog," 26 July 2018 Corn, wheat and rice together supply at least half the world’s dietary energy, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Rising Temperatures Could Cut Corn Production," 12 June 2018 Thousands of spectators lined the course, which looped through corn and wheat fields. Outside Online, "Marianne Vos Is the Boss," 15 May 2018 Much of the acreage has been used for years to grow corn, wheat, potatoes, alfalfa and other crops. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "Star's growth is inevitable. Here's how it'll affect Boise and the Treasure Valley | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018 Ever since, Scott has been striving and tinkering for any way to increase yields of soybeans, corn and wheat, and to lower costs. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Threat of soybean tariffs raise fears among Maryland farmers, and questions about 'America first'," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of wheat

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wheat

Middle English whete, from Old English hwǣte; akin to Old High German weizzi wheat, hwīz, wīz white — more at white

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wheat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wheat

: a kind of grain that is used to make flour for breads, cookies, etc.
US : bread that is made from wheat flour

wheat

noun
\ ˈhwēt How to pronounce wheat (audio) , ˈwēt\

Kids Definition of wheat

: a cereal grain that grows in tight clusters on the tall stalks of a widely cultivated grass, that is typically made into fine white flour used mostly in breads, baked goods (as cakes and crackers), and pasta, and that is also used in animal feeds

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