a hybrid produced by crossing wheat, Triticum aestivum, and rye, Secale cereale.

Origin of triticale

1935–40; < New Latin Triti(cum) wheat + (Se)cale rye Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for triticale



a fertile hybrid cereal, a cross between wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale), produced by polyploidy

Word Origin for triticale

C20: from Tritic (um) + (Sec) ale
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Word Origin and History for triticale

hybrid cereal grass, 1952, from Modern Latin Triti(cum) "wheat" (literally "grain for threshing," from tritus, past participle of terere "to rub, thresh, grind") + (Se)cale "rye."

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