durum wheat

[ doo r-uh m, dyoo r- ]
/ ˈdʊər əm, ˈdyʊər- /


a wheat, Triticum turgidum, the grain of which yields flour used in making pasta.


Nearby words

  1. durry,
  2. durrës,
  3. durst,
  4. duruflé,
  5. durum,
  6. duryea,
  7. durzi,
  8. durán,
  9. duse,
  10. duse, eleonora

Origin of durum wheat

1905–10; < New Latin, the earlier specific epithet. See dure1

Also called du·rum, macaroni wheat.

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durum wheat

/ (ˈdjʊərəm) /


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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