annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains
wheat, wheat berry(noun)
grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour
pale yellow, straw, wheat(noun)
a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white
any of several cereal grains, of the genus Triticum, that yields flour as used in bakery.
wheaten, of a light brown colour, like that of wheat.
Origin: 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'.
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
Origin: [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.]
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
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. hwǽte—hwit, white; Ger. weizen; allied to white, and named from its colour.]
A cereal grass and its grain and is used in a variety of ways.
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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'wheat' in Nouns Frequency: #3025
The numerical value of wheat in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of wheat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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They've got the cotton and the wheat.
Well, why should I sell the Canadian farmers' wheat?
Right now we're trying to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I confirm that Russia has sent Syria 100,000 tonnes of wheat.
What's certain is that we will lose around 6.0 percent of wheat area to the floods.
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