buckwheat

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English[edit]

Buckwheat (plant)
Buckwheat groats

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch boecweite or Middle Low German bōkwēte (beech-wheat), compare German Buchweizen. Despite the name, buckwheat is not related to wheat, as it is not a grass.

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buckwheat (usually uncountable, plural buckwheats)

  1. (botany) An Asian plant, of the species Fagopyrum esculentum.
  2. (cooking) The fruit of this plant used as a pseudocereal.
  3. (western US) Any of the wild buckwheats in the genus Eriogonum.

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