Wheat is the grain most commonly used in things like bread, pasta, and cake. When wheat is ground, it becomes flour you can use for baking. Who wants cupcakes?

A field of wheat looks like tall, green grasses — the wheat turns golden-colored when it's ready to be harvested. More farmland is planted with wheat than any other crop, as it's a major worldwide source of carbohydrates. Some people are sensitive or allergic to the gluten in wheat, but most of us can safely eat and enjoy the many foods made from wheat. The Germanic source means "that which is white," from a root meaning "to shine."

Definitions of wheat

n annual or biennial grass having erect flower spikes and light brown grains

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Triticum durum, Triticum turgidum, durum, durum wheat, hard wheat, macaroni wheat
wheat with hard dark-colored kernels high in gluten and used for bread and pasta; grown especially in southern Russia, North Africa, and northern central North America
soft wheat
wheat with soft starch kernels used in pastry and breakfast cereals
Triticum aestivum, common wheat
widely cultivated in temperate regions in many varieties for its commercially important grain
Triticum aestivum spelta, Triticum spelta, spelt
hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe for livestock feed
Triticum dicoccum, emmer, starch wheat, two-grain spelt
hard red wheat grown especially in Russia and Germany; in United States as stock feed
Triticum dicoccum dicoccoides, wild emmer, wild wheat
found wild in Palestine; held to be prototype of cultivated wheat
Type of:
cereal, cereal grass
grass whose starchy grains are used as food: wheat; rice; rye; oats; maize; buckwheat; millet

n grains of common wheat; sometimes cooked whole or cracked as cereal; usually ground into flour

wheat berry
bulghur, bulgur, bulgur wheat
parched crushed wheat
cracked wheat
grains of wheat that have been crushed into small pieces
Type of:
cereal, food grain, grain
foodstuff prepared from the starchy grains of cereal grasses

n a variable yellow tint; dull yellow, often diluted with white

pale yellow, straw
Type of:
yellow, yellowness
yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons

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