buckwheat

[16] Buckwheat has no connection with male deer. The buck- element is related to the English word beech, and the name comes from the resemblance of buckwheat (the seeds of bud 80 a plant of the dock family) to the three-sided seeds of the beech tree. The word was actually borrowed from Middle Dutch boecweite, meaning literally ‘beechwheat’. => BEECH

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • buckwheat — [buk′hwēt΄, buk′wēt΄] n. [< ME bok (< OE boc ), BEECH + WHEAT, transl. of MDu boecweit or MLowG bokwete: from the resemblance of the seeds to beechnuts] 1. any of several plants (genus Fagopyrum) of the buckwheat family, grown for their… …   English World dictionary

  • Buckwheat — Buck wheat , n. [Buck a beech tree + wheat; akin to D. boekweit, G. buchweizen.] 1. (Bot.) A plant ({Fagopyrum esculentum}) of the Polygonum family, the seed of which is used for food. [1913 Webster] 2. The triangular seed used, when ground, for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buckwheat — 1540s, from M.Du. boecweite beech wheat (Cf. Dan. boghvede, Swed. bovete, Ger. Buchweizen), so called from resemblance between grains and seed of beech trees. Possibly a native formation on the same model as the Dutch word …   Etymology dictionary

  • buckwheat — ► NOUN ▪ a plant producing starchy seeds used for fodder or milled into flour. ORIGIN Dutch boecweite beech wheat , its grains being shaped like beechmast …   English terms dictionary

  • Buckwheat — Taxobox name = Common Buckwheat image width = 250px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Caryophyllales familia = Polygonaceae genus = Fagopyrum species = F. esculentum binomial = Fagopyrum esculentum binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • buckwheat — buckwheatlike, adj. /buk hweet , weet /, n. 1. a plant, esp. Fagopyrum esculentum, cultivated for its triangular seeds, which are used as a feed for animals or made into a flour for human consumption, as in pancakes or cereal. Cf. buckwheat… …   Universalium

  • buckwheat — sėjamasis grikis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Rūgtinių šeimos maistinis, pašarinis, vaistinis, medingas augalas (Fagopyrum esculentum), kilęs iš Kinijos. Jo sėklos naudojamos maistui. atitikmenys: lot. Fagopyrum esculentum; Fagopyrum… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • buckwheat — /ˈbʌkwit/ (say bukweet) noun 1. a herbaceous plant, Fagopyrum esculentum, cultivated for its triangular seeds, which are used as a food for animals, and in the US made into a flour for cakes, etc. 2. the seeds of the buckwheat. 3. buckwheat flour …   Australian English dictionary

  • buckwheat — noun Etymology: Dutch boekweit, from Middle Dutch boecweit, from boec (akin to Old High German buohha beech tree) + weit wheat more at beech Date: 1548 1. any of a genus (Fagopyrum of the family Polygonaceae, the buckwheat family) of Eurasian… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Buckwheat — Stanley Dural Jr. dit Buckwheat, est un chanteur, accordéoniste et pianiste américain né en 1947. Après des débuts de pianiste pour Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Little Richard et Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat s est lancé avec succès dans une carrière… …   Wikipédia en Français

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