wild emmer

variants: or 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

Note: 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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“Wild emmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wild%20emmer. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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