[doo r-uh m, dyoo r-]
- a wheat, Triticum turgidum, the grain of which yields flour used in making pasta.
Origin of durum wheat
1905–10; < New Latin, the earlier specific epithet. See dure1
Also called du·rum, macaroni wheat.
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Examples from the Web for durum
What is durum wheat flour, and how does it differ from other flour?
Durum hoc, sed perdura, nec cede malis sed contra audentior ito.Terrestrial and Celestial Globes Vol II
Edward Luther Stevenson
Three-fourths of the Nation's durum, a hardy wheat used in the making of macaroni, is raised here.North Dakota
The durum or macaroni wheats do especially well; but other varieties are also grown, as are oats, rye, barley and spelt.The Wonder Book of Knowledge
Macaroni Flour is made from durum wheat, according to Saunders a variety of hard, spring wheat.
- a variety of wheat, Triticum durum, with a high gluten content, cultivated mainly in the Mediterranean region, and used chiefly to make pastas
C20: short for New Latin trīticum dūrum, literally: hard wheat
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Word Origin and History for durum
species of wheat, 1908, from Latin durum, neuter of durus "hard" (see endure). The seeds are tough.
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