- a plant, especially 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.Compare buckwheat family.
- the seeds of this plant.
- Also buckwheat flour. flour made from seeds of buckwheat.
- made with buckwheat flour: buckwheat pancakes.
Origin of buckwheat
Examples from the Web for buckwheat
For those unfamiliar, soba is buckwheat noodle dish—and they proved much more popular amongst the public.Inside The World’s 10 Oldest Restaurants
December 20, 2014
The buckwheat with pork fat and boiled potatoes is served in cellophane bowls and is fresh and tasty.Slouching Towards Maidan: An American Hair-Trader Reflects On Ukraine’s Protests
December 15, 2013
Even skeptics are stocking up on a few extra kilos of buckwheat, pasta, oatmeal, rice, and salt “for the black day.”Russians Prepare for World’s End, Buy Candles and Vodka
December 11, 2012
I would cook her favorite, buckwheat with onions, which I was too busy to make when she was alive.How I Write: Elena Gorokhova
August 2, 2012
Soba noodles, on the other hand, which are made out of buckwheat, are deeply flavorful.What to Eat: Cleansers
January 5, 2010
Then they gave him the dog, and a buckwheat hearth-cake as provision by the way.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
I wish I knew as much about other things as I know about buckwheat.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
The fields, in those September days, were red with buckwheat.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
In Munich the head waiter had never heard of buckwheat cakes.A Book of Burlesques
H. L. Mencken
None of us care for rolled oats and we all like buckwheat cakes.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- 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
- the edible seeds of this plant, ground into flour or used as animal fodder
- the flour obtained from these seeds
Word Origin and History for buckwheat
1540s, from Middle Dutch boecweite "beech wheat" (cf. Danish boghvede, Swedish bovete, German Buchweizen), so called from resemblance between grains and seed of beech trees. Possibly a native formation on the same model as the Dutch word, from a dialectal form of beech. See beech + wheat.