- 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
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- a fertile hybrid cereal, a cross between wheat (Triticum) and rye (Secale), produced by polyploidy
C20: from Tritic (um) + (Sec) ale
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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