a hybrid produced by crossing wheat, Triticum aestivum, and rye, Secale cereale.

1935–40; < Neo-Latin Triti(cum) wheat + (Se)cale rye Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To triticale
World English Dictionary
triticale (ˌtrɪtɪˈkɑːlɪ)
a fertile hybrid cereal, a cross between wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale), produced by polyploidy
[C20: from Tritic(um) + (Sec)ale]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

hybrid cereal grass, 1952, from Mod.L. Triti(cum) "wheat" (lit. "grain for threshing," from tritus, pp. of terrere "to rub, thresh, grind") + (Se)cale "rye."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Tests for resistance to the bird cherry-oat aphid were conducted among four
  wheat and eight triticale lines.
Triticale grains are larger than ry e and smaller than wheat and are more
  digestible than rye.
Triticale has a wide adaptability to drought conditions.
Although the future is always uncertain, triticale is being given a careful
  look to determine if it can aid producers.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature