buckwheat definition by Webster's New World
- any of several plants (genus Fagopyrum) of the buckwheat family, grown for their black, triangular grains
- the grain of this plant, from which a dark flour is made
- ☆ this flour
Origin: ; from Middle English bok- (; from Old English boc-), beech plush wheat, translated, translation of Middle Dutch boecweit or Middle Low German bokwete: from the resemblance of the seeds to beechnuts
buckwheat definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An annual Asian plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) having clusters of small whitish or pinkish flowers and small, seedlike, triangular fruits.b. The edible fruits of this plant, used either whole or ground into flour.
- Any of several similar or related plants.
Origin: Probably partial translation of Middle Dutch boecweite : boek, beech; see bhāgo- in Indo-European roots + weite, wheat.