one of the earliest cultivated forms of wheat, Triticum turgidum dicoccon, having a two-grained spikelet, now grown in limited areas of Europe, Asia, and the western U.S.

Nearby words

  1. emmenia,
  2. emmeniopathy,
  3. emmental,
  4. emmenthal,
  5. emmenthaler,
  6. emmet,
  7. emmet, robert,
  8. emmetropia,
  9. emmett,
  10. emmy

Origin of emmer

1905–10; < German; Middle High German emer, Old High German amari, by-form of amar(o) (> German Amelkorn “emmer”); cf. yellowhammer

Also called farro, two-grained spelt.

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British Dictionary definitions for emmer



a variety of wheat, Triticum dicoccum, grown in mountainous parts of Europe as a cereal crop and for livestock food: thought to be an ancestor of many other varieties of wheat

Word Origin for emmer

C20: from German; related to Old High German amari spelt

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Word Origin and History for emmer



species of wheat, 1908, from German Emmer, variant of Amelkorn, from amel "starch," from Latin amylum (see amyl).

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