Emmer Definition

ĕmər
noun
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.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • Triticum dicoccum
  • two-grain spelt
  • starch wheat
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Origin of Emmer

  • First used in 1908, from German Emmer, variant of Amelkorn, from amel starch, from Latin amylum.

    From Wiktionary

  • German from Middle High German amer, emeri from Old High German amaro

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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