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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
1905-1910
1905-10; < Neo-Latin, the earlier specific epithet. See dure1
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Examples for durum
  • Semolina made from durum is used for premium pastas and breads.
  • durum wheat is subject to four processes cleaning, milling, tempering and purifying.
  • A hard corn is called a heloma durum, while a soft corn is called a heloma molle.
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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Encyclopedia Article for durum

durum wheat

(species Triticum durum), hard wheat (q.v.) producing a glutenous flour. The purified middlings of durum wheat are known as semolina, used for pasta products

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