Khorasan wheat

[ kawr-uh-sahn hweet, weet, ‐san ]
/ ˈkɔr əˌsɑn ˈʰwit, ˈwit, ‐ˌsæn /


an ancient grain, Triticum turgidum turanicum, a variety of large-grained durum wheat, often touted as a healthier alternative to conventional modern wheat.



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Also Trademark, Kamut.
Also called Oriental wheat, pharaoh grain.

Origin of Khorasan wheat

First recorded in 2000–05; from Persian Xorāsān “(land) where the suns rises, east,” a historic region in northeast Persia, now a province of Iran; the variant pharaoh grain supposedly so called because an American airman in 1949 acquired grains allegedly found in the tomb of an Egyptian Pharaoh, or possibly because Khorasan wheat was brought into ancient Egypt by invading armies Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020