Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An annual Asian plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) having clusters of small whitish or pinkish flowers and small, seedlike, triangular fruits.
  • n. The edible fruits of this plant, used either whole or ground into flour.
  • n. Any of several similar or related plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An Asian plant, of the species Fagopyrum esculentum.
  • n. The fruit of this plant used as a cereal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) of the Polygonum family, the seed of which is used for food.
  • n. The triangular seed used, when ground, for griddle cakes, etc.
  • n. See Buckwheat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of Fagopyrum esculentum, natural order Polygonaceæ, and of its seeds.
  • n. In the West Indies, Anredera scandens, natural order Chenopodiaceœ, an annual climbing plant of no importance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. grain ground into flour
  • n. a member of the genus Fagopyrum; annual Asian plant with clusters of small pinkish white flowers and small edible triangular seeds which are used whole or ground into flour

Etymologies

Probably partial translation of Middle Dutch boecweite : boek, beech.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Dutch boecweite or Middle Low German bōkwēte ‘beech-wheat’. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Our lovely new garden - seen here approaching completion - is planted in buckwheat and carrots and peas and lettuce.

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  • Soba noodles are thin Japanese buckwheat noodles that are rich in protein and fiber.

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  • I am enthralled by the idea of buckwheat in a scent!

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  • What they found are four tablespoons of specifically honey increased cancer-fighting, heart-disease fighting, antioxidants, these antioxidants something you and I have talked about so many times, Bill, and they specifically look at two types of honey, the dark honey, also known as buckwheat honey, and the light honey.

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  • Japanese soba, also called buckwheat noodles, are actually made with a combination of wheat and buckwheat flours.

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  • "I had some things the man called buckwheat cakes, with some stuff he said was maple syrup."

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  • In the second are raised oats for the horses, and buckwheat, which is largely used for food.

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  • Indian corn is brought to great perfection; they have also a grain called buckwheat, of which the inhabitants are very fond; and their oats in general are good.

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  • They said that the content of lysine in buckwheat, which is considered a pseudo-cereal, exceeds that of cereal grains.

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  • "I love to drown my pancakes," said Miller, who prefers the buckwheat, which is made from buckwheat flour ground by an antique steam engine in the park's flour mill.

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