What does Wheat mean?

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ʰwit, witwheat

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wheatnoun

    annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains

  2. wheat, wheat berrynoun

    grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour

  3. pale yellow, straw, wheatnoun

    a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white


  1. wheatnoun

    any of several cereal grains, of the genus Triticum, that yields flour as used in bakery.

  2. wheatadjective

    wheaten, of a light brown colour, like that of wheat.

  3. Etymology: whete, from hwæte, from hwaitijaz (cf. West Frisian weet, Dutch weit, German Weizen), from *hwītaz 'white'. More at white. For semantic development, compare Welsh gwenith 'wheat', from gwenn 'white'.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WHEATnoun

    triticum, Lat. The grain of which bread is chiefly made.

    Etymology: hweate , Saxon; weyde, Dutch;

    It hath an apetalous flower, disposed into spikes; each of them consists of many stamina which are included in a squamose flower-cup, having awns: the pointal rises in the center, which afterwards becomes an oblong seed, convex on one side, but furrowed on the other: it is farinaceous, and inclosed by a coat which before was the flower-cup: these are produced singly, and collected in a close spike, being affixed to an indented axis. The species are;
    1. White or red wheat, without awn.
    2. Red wheat, in some places called Kentish wheat.
    3. White wheat.
    4. Red-eared bearded wheat.
    5. Cone wheat.
    6. Grey wheat, and in some places duck-bill wheat and grey pollard.
    7. Polonian wheat.
    8. Many eared wheat.
    9. Summer wheat.
    10. Naked barley.
    11. Long grained wheat.
    12. Six rowed wheat.
    13. White eared wheat with long awns: Of all these sorts cultivated in this country, the cone wheat is chiefly preserved, as it has a larger ear and a fuller grain than any other; but the seeds of all should be annually changed; for if they are sown on the same farm, they will not succeed so well as when the seed is brought from a distant country. Philip Miller.

    He mildews the white wheat, and hurts the poor creature of the earth. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Reuben went in the days of wheat-harvest. Gen. xxx.

    August shall bear the form of a young man of a fierce aspect; upon his head a garland of wheat and rie. Henry Peacham.

    Next to rice is wheat; the bran of which is highly acescent. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    The damsels laughing fly: the giddy clown
    Again upon a wheat-sheaf drops a down. John Gay.


  1. Wheat

    Wheat is a grass widely cultivated for its seed, a cereal grain that is a worldwide staple food. The many species of wheat together make up the genus Triticum ; the most widely grown is common wheat (T. aestivum). The archaeological record suggests that wheat was first cultivated in the regions of the Fertile Crescent around 9600 BCE. Botanically, the wheat kernel is a type of fruit called a caryopsis. Wheat is grown on more land area than any other food crop (220.4 million hectares or 545 million acres, 2014). World trade in wheat is greater than for all other crops combined.In 2020, world production of wheat was 761 million tonnes (839 million short tons; 1.7 trillion pounds), making it the second most-produced cereal after maize. Since 1960, world production of wheat and other grain crops has tripled and is expected to grow further through the middle of the 21st century. Global demand for wheat is increasing due to the unique viscoelastic and adhesive properties of gluten proteins, which facilitate the production of processed foods, whose consumption is increasing as a result of the worldwide industrialization process and the westernization of the diet.Wheat is an important source of carbohydrates. Globally, it is the leading source of vegetable proteins in human food, having a protein content of about 13%, which is relatively high compared to other major cereals but relatively low in protein quality for supplying essential amino acids. When eaten as the whole grain, wheat is a source of multiple nutrients and dietary fiber.In a small part of the general population, gluten – the major part of wheat protein – can trigger coeliac disease, noncoeliac gluten sensitivity, gluten ataxia, and dermatitis herpetiformis.


  1. wheat

    Wheat is a type of grain that is grown and harvested globally, known for being a basic ingredient of a range of food products, notably bread, pasta, and pastries. It is one of the leading sources of plant-based proteins and is rich in carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The plant, a species of cereal grass, typically grows as stalks that reach 2 to 4 feet in height, producing spikelets containing the grains. There are many different types of wheat, including durum, spelt, and hard and soft wheat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wheatnoun

    a cereal grass (Triticum vulgare) and its grain, which furnishes a white flour for bread, and, next to rice, is the grain most largely used by the human race

  2. Etymology: [OE. whete, AS. hwte; akin to OS. hwti, D. weit, G. weizen, OHG. weizzi, Icel. hveiti, Sw. hvete, Dan. hvede, Goth. hwaiteis, and E. white. See White.]


  1. Wheat

    Wheat is a cereal grain, originally from the Levant region of the Near East and Ethiopian Highlands, but now cultivated worldwide. In 2010, world production of wheat was 651 million tons, making it the third most-produced cereal after maize and rice. Wheat was the second most-produced cereal in 2009; world production in that year was 682 million tons, after maize, and with rice as a close third. This grain is grown on more land area than any other commercial food. World trade in wheat is greater than for all other crops combined. Globally, wheat is the leading source of vegetable protein in human food, having a higher protein content than other major cereals, maize or rice. In terms of total production tonnages used for food, it is currently second to rice as the main human food crop and ahead of maize, after allowing for maize's more extensive use in animal feeds. Wheat was a key factor enabling the emergence of city-based societies at the start of civilization because it was one of the first crops that could be easily cultivated on a large scale, and had the additional advantage of yielding a harvest that provides long-term storage of food. Wheat contributed to the emergence of city-states in the Fertile Crescent, including the Babylonian and Assyrian empires. Wheat grain is a staple food used to make flour for leavened, flat and steamed breads, biscuits, cookies, cakes, breakfast cereal, pasta, noodles, couscous and for fermentation to make beer, other alcoholic beverages, or biofuel.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wheat

    hwēt, n. the most valuable of all the cereal grasses, the grain furnishing a white flour for bread—known as bearded, beardless, or bald, according to the presence or the absence of the awns or beard; as white, red, or amber, according to colour; and as spring, summer, autumn, or winter, according to the time of sowing.—ns. Wheat′-bird, the chaffinch; Wheat′-ear, an ear of wheat; Wheat′-eel, a disease in wheat—also Ear-cockle.—adj. Wheat′en, made of wheat.—ns. Wheat′-field, a field of wheat; Wheat′-fly, name of several flies which destroy wheat—e.g. the Hessian fly; Wheat′-midge, a dipterous insect which lays its eggs in the flowers of wheat-heads, and whose reddish larvæ devour the kernels; Wheat′-mil′dew, the rust which gathers on wheat and oats; Wheat′-moth, one of several small moths whose larvæ devour stored wheat.—Wheat-ear stitch, a fancy stitch in embroidery. [A.S. hwǽtehwit, white; Ger. weizen; allied to white, and named from its colour.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wheat

    An excellent article for sea-diet; boiled with a proportion of molasses, it makes a most nutritious breakfast. As it stows well, and would even yield nearly the same weight in bread, it should be made an article of allowance.

Editors Contribution

  1. wheat

    A type of cultivar, plant and seed.

    This grain is grown on more land area than any other commercial food. World trade in wheat is greater than for all other crops combined.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 3, 2015  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WHEAT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wheat is ranked #3290 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wheat surname appeared 10,979 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Wheat.

    81.5% or 8,958 total occurrences were White.
    12.5% or 1,378 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 278 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 240 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 68 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 57 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Wheat' in Nouns Frequency: #3025

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wheat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Wheat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Wheat in a Sentence

  1. Jean Genet:

    Excluded by my birth and tastes from the social order, I was not aware of its diversity. Nothing in the world was irrelevant: the stars on a general's sleeve, the stock-market quotations, the olive harvest, the style of the judiciary, the wheat exchange, flower-beds. Nothing. This order, fearful and feared, whose details were all inter-related, had a meaning: my exile.

  2. Tetyana Adamenko:

    There is no reason to expect a good harvest of early spring crops - barley and spring wheat. Probably there will be a crop at the level of average annual values, we had one of the most arid Aprils in our history. We expect some weather fronts late this week and next week but they can only mitigate the situation.

  3. Klaus Gottlieb:

    One of them is an enzyme that splits the molecule in wheat that causes celiac disease, gluten, into smaller harmless products and another one promises to make the gut less leaky and thus prevent potentially toxic substances (from) reaching deeper layers where they may cause inflammation.

  4. Rob McCallum:

    It makes no sense to be using fine scale tools to cover a massive area; it is like mowing an entire wheat field with a household lawnmower.

  5. William Jennings Bryan:

    If that vital spark that we find in a grain of wheat can pass unchanged through countless deaths and resurrections, will the spirit of man be unable to pass from this body to another?

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