wild emmer wheat
Definition of wild emmer
: an ancient tetraploid wheat (Triticum dicoccoides) of the Middle East that has a brittle rachis with the joints separating at maturity into spikelets bearing stiff awned glumes holding large elongated grains ◆Wild emmer is considered to be an ancestor of modern cultivated polyploid wheats (such as Triticum aestivum and T. durum) and the wild counterpart of emmer. —called also wild wheat
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