An example of spelt is a type of bread suitable for those with allergies to common wheat, but not for those with gluten allergies.
Other Word Forms
Origin of spelt
- Middle English from Old English from Late Latin spelta probably of Germanic origin Middle Dutch spelte wheat
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English spelt (“spelt, corn"), from Old Saxon spelta (“spelt"); or from Late Latin spelta (“spelt"), from Frankish *spelta (“spelt"); all from Proto-Germanic *spiltō, *spiltaz (“spelt"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pelbh-, *(s)pelbh-t- (“spelt, spelt meal"). Cognate with Old High German spelza (“spelt"), Modern German Spelz (“wheat-like cereal"), Dutch spelt (“spelt").
- From Middle High German spalden, or Old Norse spald.
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