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buckwheat

[buhk-hweet, -weet] /ˈbʌkˌʰwit, -ˌwit/
noun
1.
a plant, especially Fagopyrum esculentum, cultivated for its triangular seeds, which are used as a feed for animals or made into a flour for human consumption, as in pancakes or cereal.
2.
the seeds of this plant.
3.
Also, buckwheat flour. flour made from seeds of buckwheat.
adjective
4.
made with buckwheat flour:
buckwheat pancakes.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; obsolete buck(Old English bōc beech) + wheat; compare Dutch boekweit, German Buchweizen; so called because its seeds resemble beechnuts
Related forms
buckwheatlike, adjective
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Examples from the web for buckwheat
  • Wild buckwheat, the white-flowered shrub in the top photo is also central to this plant community.
  • Local farmers found the cranes nearly starved and began to feed them corn and buckwheat.
  • The buckwheat pancake meals come with unlimited pancakes and pure maple syrup and feature eggs and breakfast meats.
  • The restaurant also serves homemade pizza with buckwheat-herb crusts and fresh toppings.
  • Organic buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes or granola waffles are all you need to spoil yourself and your breakfast companion.
  • The buckwheat noodles, rolled and cut by hand, are made fresh a few times a day.
  • What distinguishes it from those that are best known is its predominant grain, buckwheat.
  • Soba is a kind of thin noodle made of buckwheat flour, served hot or cold.
  • buckwheat production starts in the greenhouse by planting seeds for transplants.
  • buckwheat was one of the earliest crops introduced by europeans to north america.
British Dictionary definitions for buckwheat

buckwheat

/ˈbʌkˌwiːt/
noun
1.
any of several polygonaceous plants of the genus Fagopyrum, esp F. esculentum, which has fragrant white flowers and is cultivated, esp in the US, for its seeds
2.
the edible seeds of this plant, ground into flour or used as animal fodder
3.
the flour obtained from these seeds
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch boecweite, from boekebeech + weitewheat, from the resemblance of their seeds to beechnuts
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Word Origin and History for buckwheat
n.

1540s, from Middle Dutch boecweite "beech wheat" (cf. Danish boghvede, Swedish bovete, German Buchweizen), so called from resemblance between grains and seed of beech trees. Possibly a native formation on the same model as the Dutch word, from a dialectal form of beech. See beech + wheat.

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