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durum wheat

[doo r-uh m, dyoo r-] /ˈdʊər əm, ˈdyʊər-/
noun
1.
a wheat, Triticum turgidum, the grain of which yields flour used in making pasta.
Also called durum, macaroni wheat.
Origin of durum wheat
1905-1910
1905-10; < New Latin, the earlier specific epithet. See dure1
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  • durum wheats are not generally considered as valuable for bread making as other hard wheat.

  • What is durum wheat flour, and how does it differ from other flour?

  • Cultivation of durum wheat has been almost completely abandoned because of its low yield.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • durum hoc, sed perdura, nec cede malis sed contra audentior ito.

    Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II Edward Luther Stevenson
  • Three-fourths of the Nation's durum, a hardy wheat used in the making of macaroni, is raised here.

    North Dakota Various
  • The durum or macaroni wheats do especially well; but other varieties are also grown, as are oats, rye, barley and spelt.

  • Virtually all wheat grown in the country is a hard red winter wheat of good quality, somewhat softer than durum wheat.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Macaroni Flour is made from durum wheat, according to Saunders a variety of hard, spring wheat.

British Dictionary definitions for durum

durum

/ˈdjʊərəm/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for durum
n.

species of wheat, 1908, from Latin durum, neuter of durus "hard" (see endure). The seeds are tough.

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