buckwheat flour


[buhk-hweet, -weet]
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. Compare buckwheat family.
the seeds of this plant.
Also, buckwheat flour. flour made from seeds of buckwheat.
made with buckwheat flour: buckwheat pancakes.

1540–50; obsolete buck(Old English bōc beech) + wheat; compare Dutch boekweit, German Buchweizen; so called because its seeds resemble beechnuts

buckwheatlike, adjective
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buckwheat (ˈbʌkˌwiːt)
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
[C16: from Middle Dutch boecweite, from boekebeech + weitewheat, from the resemblance of their seeds to beechnuts]

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1540s, from M.Du. boecweite "beech wheat" (cf. Dan. boghvede, Swed. bohvete, Ger. Buchweizen), so called from resemblance between grains and seed of beech trees. Possibly a native formation on the same model as the Dutch word.
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