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durum wheat

[doo r-uh m, dyoo r-] /ˈdʊər əm, ˈdyʊər-/
a wheat, Triticum turgidum, the grain of which yields flour used in making pasta.
Also called durum, macaroni wheat.
Origin of durum wheat
1905-10; < New Latin, the earlier specific epithet. See dure1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for durum wheat


a variety of wheat, Triticum durum, with a high gluten content, cultivated mainly in the Mediterranean region, and used chiefly to make pastas
Word Origin
C20: short for New Latin trīticum dūrum, literally: hard wheat
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