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durum wheat

[doo r-uh m, dyoo r-]
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  1. a wheat, Triticum turgidum, the grain of which yields flour used in making pasta.
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Origin of durum wheat

1905–10; < New Latin, the earlier specific epithet. See dure1
Also called du·rum, macaroni wheat.
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  • What is durum wheat flour, and how does it differ from other flour?

    Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value

    Harry Snyder

  • Durum hoc, sed perdura, nec cede malis sed contra audentior ito.

  • Three-fourths of the Nation's durum, a hardy wheat used in the making of macaroni, is raised here.

  • The durum or macaroni wheats do especially well; but other varieties are also grown, as are oats, rye, barley and spelt.

  • Macaroni Flour is made from durum wheat, according to Saunders a variety of hard, spring wheat.

British Dictionary definitions for durum


durum wheat

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

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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