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[hweet, weet] /ʰwit, wit/
the grain of any cereal grass of the genus Triticum, especially T. aestivum, used in the form of flour for making bread, cakes, etc., and for other culinary and nutritional purposes.
the plant itself.
Origin of wheat
before 900; Middle English whete, Old English hwǣte; cognate with German Weizen, Old Norse hveiti, Gothic hwaiteis; akin to white
Related forms
wheatless, adjective Unabridged
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  • I watch the wife of my friend gathering poppies in the wheat.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • When we got out the cargo, we found it much damaged, particularly the wheat.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The wheat which his customers brought in, was stored at the mill and ground.

  • There isn't a bushel of wheat in the country that isn't in the combination.

    One Day's Courtship Robert Barr
  • Which is the wheat and which the tares, that must be garnered or sifted from our loves?

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for wheat


any annual or biennial grass of the genus Triticum, native to the Mediterranean region and W Asia but widely cultivated, having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
the grain of any of these grasses, used in making flour, pasta, etc
See also emmer, durum
Word Origin
Old English hwǣte, related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon hwēti, Old High German hweizi, Old Norse hveiti; see white
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Word Origin and History for wheat

Old English hwæte "wheat," from Proto-Germanic *khwaitijaz (cf. Old Saxon hweti, Old Norse hveiti, Norwegian kveite, Old Frisian hwete, Middle Dutch, Dutch weit, Old High German weizzi, German Weizen, Gothic hvaiteis "wheat"), literally "that which is white," from *khwitaz-, the source of Old English hwit (see white; and cf. Welsh gwenith "wheat," related to gwenn "white"). The Old World grain was introduced into New Spain in 1528. Wheaties, the cereal brand name, was patented 1925.

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