Definition of emmer in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈɛmə


[mass noun]
  • A long-established species of wheat with bearded ears and spikelets that each contain two grains, now grown mainly for fodder and breakfast cereals. Compare with einkorn, spelt2.
    • Triticum dicoccum, family Gramineae
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    • Three species exist both as wild and domesticated wheats, einkorn, emmer, and breadwheat.
    • Bread wheat was the accidental ‘unnatural’ crossing of einkorn and then emmer wheat with another species.
    • Ancient or modern farmers have grown four wheat species: einkorn, emmer, timopheevi, and common (hexaploid, or bread) wheat.


early 20th century: from German, from Old High German amer 'spelt'.

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