Spelt meaning

spĕlt
(chiefly UK) Simple past tense and past participle of spell.
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Spelt is a type of hulled wheat grown in Europe with a nutty flavor and slightly less gluten than common bread wheat.

An example of spelt is a type of bread suitable for those with allergies to common wheat, but not for those with gluten allergies.

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A type of wheat (Triticum spelta syn. T. aestivum subsp. spelta) having a tough hull. It was widely cultivated in southwest Asia, the Near East, and Europe during the Bronze Age and is now grown chiefly in Europe.
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A primitive species (Triticum spelta) of wheat with grains that do not thresh free of the chaff: now seldom cultivated.
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A grain, considered either a subspecies of wheat, Triticum aestivum subsp. spelta, or a separate species Triticum spelta.
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(dialect, Northern England, Scotland) A thin piece of wood or metal; a splinter.
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(metalworking) Spelter.
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(obsolete) To split; to break; to spalt.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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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").
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  • From Middle High German spalden, or Old Norse spald.
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  • See spell
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