Definition of buckwheat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəkˌ(h)wēt/


1An Asian plant of the dock family that produces starchy seeds. The seeds are used for fodder and are also milled into flour that is widely used in the US.
  • Fagopyrum esculentum, family Polygonaceae.
Example sentences
  • Increase whole grains such as millet, buckwheat, quinoa, oats, rye and barley.
  • Add in the buckwheat, the vegetables and the pain d' épice, and toss lightly to coat, making sure the ingredients are nicely blended.
  • Try buckwheat as an alternative source of complex carbohydrates for breakfast or any other meal or snack.
2 (in full buckwheat tree) see titi2.


Mid 16th century: from Middle Dutch boecweite 'beech wheat', its grains being shaped like beech mast.

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Syllabification: buck·wheat

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