Definition of wheat in English:

wheat

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Pronunciation: /wiːt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1A cereal which is the most important kind grown in temperate countries, the grain of which is ground to make flour for bread, pasta, pastry, etc..
    • Genus Triticum, family Gramineae: several species, including bread wheat (T. aestivum) and durum wheat, and many distinctive cultivars
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    • Other Iron Age crops included the more ancient emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum, which was grown on light soils), bread wheat, oats, rye, peas, Celtic beans, and flax.
    • Three species exist both as wild and domesticated wheats, einkorn, emmer, and breadwheat.
    • The many thousands of grains comprise not just emmer and naked barley, but also bread wheat - which points clearly to the Neolithic - and linseed.
  • 1.1The grain of wheat.
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    • Despite this, the trials of other feed grain wheats and forage cereal varieties east of Bairnsdale continue to attract the interest of growers.

Phrases

separate the wheat from the chaff

see chaff1.

Origin

Old English hwǣte of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weit, German Weizen, also to white.

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