Other Word Forms
Origin of wheat
- Middle English whete from Old English hwǣte kweit- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English whete, from Old English hwǣte, from Proto-Germanic *hwaitijaz (compare West Frisian weet, Dutch weit, Low German Weten, German Weizen, Danish hvede, Swedish vete, Icelandic hveiti), from *hwītaz 'white'. More at white. For semantic development, compare Welsh gwenith 'wheat', from gwenn 'white'.