Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A type of wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum syn. T. durum) having hard grains with high protein and gluten content, thought to have been developed in the Middle East in the Neolithic period and now used chiefly in making pasta.

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  • noun A hard variety of wheat, Triticum turgidum or Triticum durum, whose flour is used to make pasta and bread.

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  • noun 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

Etymologies

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

[From Latin dūrum, neuter of dūrus, hard; see deru- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • North Dakota typically grows nearly three-fourths of the nation's durum, which is used to make semolina flour for pasta.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • North Dakota typically grows nearly three-fourths of the nation's durum, which is used to make semolina flour for pasta.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • Cool, wet weather at planting and again at harvest means North Dakota farmers still are out in the fields and few days behind getting durum, which is used to make semolina flour for pasta, in the bin.

    The Seattle Times

  • You can make fresh pasta with semolina, a grainy product made from a hard wheat called durum, but the result will be a somewhat coarser dough.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • You can make fresh pasta with semolina, a grainy product made from a hard wheat called durum, but the result will be a somewhat coarser dough.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Cool, wet weather at planting and again at harvest means North Dakota farmers still are out in the fields and few days behind getting durum, which is used to make semolina flour for pasta, in the bin.

    The Seattle Times

  • You can make fresh pasta with semolina, a grainy product made from a hard wheat called durum, but the result will be a somewhat coarser dough.

    chicagotribune.com - News

  • Oscar Farinetti is the business mind behind Eataly, the emporium dedicated to selling staples of Italian cooking such as durum wheat pasta, extra virgin olive oil, Parma ham, fresh vegetables and a wide variety of cheese.

    Oscar Farinetti Mixes Business With Pleasure

  • Waves of Green freekeh Freekeh is the name used for any wheat, usually durum, that's harvested when still green, then fire-threshed to give it a smoky intensity and pliant pop.

    Week in Words

  • The single desk controls around 14% of global wheat exports, including about half the world's exports of durum wheat, which is used to make pasta.

    Canada Is Taking Aim at Its Wheat Monopoly

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