any of a group of wheat species having 14 pairs of chromosomes, esp. a wild species (Triticum dicoccum) having a spike broken up into segments and grains that do not thresh free of the chaff
Origin of emmerGerman ; from Old High German amari
A type of wheat (Triticum dicoccum or T. dicoccon syn. T. turgidum subsp. dicoccum or dicoccon) typically having two seeds per spikelet, first cultivated in the Neolithic period and widely grown in the Middle East and Europe through the Bronze Age. It is now grown in parts of Eurasia and Africa. Also called farro.
Origin of emmerGerman, from Middle High German amer, emeri, from Old High German amaro.
First used in 1908, from German Emmer, variant of Amelkorn, from amel starch, from Latin amylum.