[ em-er ]
/ ˈɛm ər /
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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.



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Also called farro, two-grained spelt .

Origin of emmer

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


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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