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buck·wheat

 (bŭk′wēt′, -hwēt′)
n.
1.
a. An annual Asian plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) having clusters of small whitish or pinkish flowers and small, starchy, triangular seeds.
b. The edible seeds of this plant, used either whole or ground into flour.
2. Any of several similar or related plants.

[Probably partial translation of Middle Dutch boecweite : boek, beech (from the resemblance of the three-sided seeds of buckwheat to beechnuts ); see bhāgo- in Indo-European roots + weite, wheat.]

buckwheat

(ˈbʌkˌwiːt)
n
1. (Plants) any of several polygonaceous plants of the genus Fagopyrum, esp F. esculentum, which has fragrant white flowers and is cultivated, esp in the US, for its seeds
2. (Plants) the edible seeds of this plant, ground into flour or used as animal fodder
3. (Plants) the flour obtained from these seeds
[C16: from Middle Dutch boecweite, from boeke beech + weite wheat, from the resemblance of their seeds to beechnuts]

buck•wheat

(ˈbʌkˌʰwit, -ˌwit)

n.
1. any of several plants of the genus Fagopyrum, of the buckwheat family, cultivated for their edible triangular seeds.
2. the seeds of this plant, made into flour or a cereal.
3. Also called buck′wheat flour`. flour made by grinding buckwheat seeds.
[1540–50; obsolete buck (Old English bōc beech) + wheat; so called because its seeds resemble beechnuts]
buck′wheat`like`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.buckwheat - a member of the genus Fagopyrumbuckwheat - a member of the genus Fagopyrum; annual Asian plant with clusters of small pinkish white flowers and small edible triangular seeds which are used whole or ground into flour
buckwheat - grain ground into flour
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Polygonum, Polygonum - diverse genus of herbs or woody subshrubs of north temperate regions
2.buckwheat - grain ground into flour
food grain, grain, cereal - foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses
buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum, Polygonum fagopyrum - a member of the genus Fagopyrum; annual Asian plant with clusters of small pinkish white flowers and small edible triangular seeds which are used whole or ground into flour
Translations
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heljda

buckwheat

[ˈbʌkwiːt] Nalforfón m, trigo m sarraceno

buckwheat

[ˈbʌkhwiːt] n (= grain) → sarrasin m (= flour) → farine f de blé noir

buckwheat

[ˈbʌkˌwiːt] ngrano saraceno
References in classic literature ?
The pie list swelled; the richer puddings had vanished; the sausage, with his drapery wrapped about him, barely lingered in a pleasant thanatopsis with the buckwheats and the sweet but doomed maple.
Meg was already covering the buckwheats, and piling the bread into one big plate.
The bailiff came in, and said everything, thank God, was doing well; but informed him that the buckwheat in the new drying machine had been a little scorched.
The richer or the more energetic among them sowed buckwheat for home consumption; sometimes they raised a crop of barley or oats, but wheat was unknown.
Hill-food is very simple, but with buckwheat and Indian corn, and rice and red pepper, and little fish out of the stream in the valley, and honey from the flue-like hives built in the stone walls, and dried apricots, and turmeric, and wild ginger, and bannocks of flour, a devout woman can make good things, and it was a full bowl that the priest carried to the Bhagat.
Dawn just tinted with purple and white the waves and plain; through the dim light, melancholy fir-trees waved their tender branches over the pebbles, and long flights of crows were skimming with their black wings the shimmering fields of buckwheat.
Phoebe bade it be a good old chicken during her absence, and promised to bring it a little bag of buckwheat.
This she filled with the finest buckwheat grains, and tied it round the Princess' neck; this done, she cut a little hole in the bag, so that the grains would strew the whole road wherever the Princess went.
they will have their buckwheat cooked before we reach our quarters.