1. one of the earliest cultivated forms of wheat, Triticum monococcum, having a one-grained spikelet, now grown in limited areas of Europe and Asia.

Origin of einkorn

1900–05; < German, equivalent to ein one + Korn “grain”
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British Dictionary definitions for einkorn


  1. a variety of wheat, Triticum monococcum, of Greece and SW Asia, having pale red kernels, and cultivated in hilly regions as grain for horses

Word Origin for einkorn

C20: from German, literally: one kernel
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