Definition of Buckwheat

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Fagopyrum Esculentum, Polygonum Fagopyrum
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Polygonum, Polygonum

2. Noun. Grain ground into flour.
Generic synonyms: Cereal, Food Grain, Grain
Group relationships: Fagopyrum Esculentum, Polygonum Fagopyrum

Definition of Buckwheat

1. n. A plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) of the Polygonum family, the seed of which is used for food.

Definition of Buckwheat

1. Noun. An Asian plant, of the species ''Fagopyrum esculentum''. ¹

2. Noun. The fruit of this plant used as a cereal. ¹

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Definition of Buckwheat

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Medical Definition of Buckwheat

1. 1. A plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) of the Polygonum family, the seed of which is used for food. 2. The triangular seed used, when ground, for griddle cakes, etc. Origin: Buck a beech tree + wheat; akin to D. Boekweit, G. Buchweizen. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Buckwheat

buckthorn berry
buckthorn family
buckthorn polyneuropathy
buckwheat (current term)
buckwheat cake
buckwheat family
buckwheat tree

Literary usage of Buckwheat

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1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"THE buckwheat OFTEN after a thunder-storm, when one passes a field in which buckwheat is growing, it appears quite blackened and singed. ..."

2. Cyclopedia of American Agriculture: A Popular Survey of Agricultural by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1907)
"The true or common buckwheat is of one species, Fagopyrum esculentum. ... 313, is sometimes known as buckwheat. The buckwheat is an annual, grown for the ..."

3. Special pathology and therapeutics of the diseases of domestic animals v. 2 by Ferenc Hutyra (1913)
"buckwheat exanthema is a skin disease occurring from the simultaneous effects of ... The cause of the disease is found in the ingestion of buckwheat ..."

4. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1912)
"buckwheat 1839-1862. buckwheat crops in Ohio: buckwheat first crop in " new lands " cleared from time of commencement of Ohio Canal up to 1840; ..."

5. The Cereals in America by Thomas Forsyth Hunt (1908)
"buckwheat obtains its name from its resemblance to the beechnut; ... buckwheat is not a cereal from a botanical point of view, but because its seed serves ..."

6. Orations, Addresses and Speeches of Chauncey M. Depew by Chauncey Mitchell Depew (1910)
"This buckwheat Breakfast, celebrating the election of Roosevelt and Fairbanks ... Breakfasts of buckwheat cakes, pie, country sausage and mush and milk have ..."

7. Dr. Chase's Recipes: Or, Information for Everybody. An Invaluable Collection by Alvin Wood Chase (1860)
"If persons will eat warm bread, this or the buckwheat short-cake should be the only kinds eaten. 254. buckwheat Shortcake,.—Take 3 or 4 teacups of nice sour ..."

8. Breeding Crop Plants by Herbert Kendall Hayes, Ralph John Garber (1921)
"The generic name of buckwheat, Fagopyrum, comes from the Latin, fagus, beech, and the Greek, puros, wheat, based on the fact that the seed of buckwheat ..."

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