durum wheat

[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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Related Words for durum

grass, cereal, spelt, gluten, semolina

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durum wheat


a variety of wheat, Triticum durum, with a high gluten content, cultivated mainly in the Mediterranean region, and used chiefly to make pastas

Word Origin for durum

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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