Definitions

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

  • n. A hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe.
  • v. A past tense and a past participle of spell1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of spell.
  • n. A grain, considered either a subspecies of wheat, Triticum aestivum subsp. spelta, or a separate species Triticum spelta.
  • n. A thin piece of wood or metal; a splinter.
  • v. To split; to break; to spalt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of spell. Spelled.
  • n. A species of grain (Triticum Spelta) much cultivated for food in Germany and Switzerland; -- called also German wheat.
  • n. Spelter.
  • v. To split; to break; to spalt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of wheat commonly known as Triticum Spelta, but believed to be a race of the common wheat, Triticum sativum (T. vulgare).
  • n. A splinter, splint, or strip; a spell or spill.
  • To split; break.
  • A preterit and past participle of spell.
  • n. An unrecognized abbreviation of spelter, a commercial name of zinc.

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

  • n. hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe for livestock feed

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin spelta, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch spelte, wheat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See spell (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle High German spalden, or Old Norse spald. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His agent, Don Meehan, says Yemelin prefers his name spelt with a 'y'.

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  • If any keen-eyed critic of the ocean, however, should happen to detect a rope rove through the wrong leading-block, or a term spelt in such a manner as to destroy its true sound, he is admonished of the duty of ascribing the circumstances, in charity, to any thing but ignorance on the part of a brother.

    The Red Rover

  • But here is a quote from the above-mentioned report, "Farro in Italy": "It is very difficult to make the distinction between the three different farros einkorn, emmer and spelt as particularly the term spelt and farro are often used as synonyms.

    FARRO MINESTRONE WITH WINTER SQUASH AND GREENS

  • I brought the spelt pasta home with me from Austria – spelt is quite popular there right now, it seems.

    Bento #195 – spelt pasta « Were rabbits

  • I used wholegrain spelt flour, xylobrit (xylitol) and soya butter, added walnuts and dried cranberries, and its delish!

    Banana bread-cake

  • Add the cornmeal, wheat bran, whole grain spelt flour, buttermilk, butter, eggs, salt, oil and honey (I recommend pouring the oil into the measuring cup first, dumping it, and then measuring the honey — it will slide right out for you) to the soaking grains.

    Laura’s Not 7 Grain Multi Grain Honey Bread

  • The spelt is courtesy of June, who made such a startlingly high, even textured sandwich loaf from all spelt (I'm going to be trying one of those soon, too), and Lynn D. *, who put some in her 18 hour loaf, and liked the results.

    Toast:

  • The quarrel was inadequately reported, and his name spelt variously Betteridge and Betridge.

    The War in the Air

  • And have the name spelt out 3 times for them, just to be sure there were no errors.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • We have also switched the regular flour, using another flower called spelt, which is very good for you.

    CNN Transcript Oct 3, 2004

Comments

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  • This page is amazing. How did I not know about this before?

    *laughing out loud*

    April 10, 2012

  • Spelt is a grain, barley is for malting, oats is/are for horses (Dr Johnson) and pure sublimated sulphur comes in the form of flowers.

    April 9, 2012

  • For more comments about how flour is spelt, see second.

    April 9, 2012

  • The Century Dictionary does have this under the definitions for flower: "n. The finest part of grain pulverized. See flour."

    April 8, 2012

  • I'd just like to draw attention to one of the quotes,

    “We have also switched the regular flour, using another flower called spelt, which is very good for you.”

    I'm pretty sure spelt is a FLOUR . :P

    April 7, 2012

  • That made me laugh out loud, sionnach. Also, when I'd quieted down I thought, like Alphabetti Spaghetti, too.

    March 13, 2008

  • Spelt pasta must be what they use to make alphabet soup.

    March 13, 2008

  • Spelt is an ancient and lovely tasting grain in the wheat family. It makes a more crisp, dense bread, has less gluten than typical wheat. It is available as white or bleached flour or as a whole grain brown flour. Spelt pasta is also available.

    March 12, 2008

  • Second note for posterity: yarb's right. It was a mere nanosecond.

    January 18, 2008

  • Nonsense. Even if John were to pelt us with felt rather than a belt (to avoid leaving a welt), and if that happened on the veldt, the smelt would still have smelt as it always smelt and the spelt would have smelt as it always smelt. Although on the veldt, everything would melt, so the smelt might have smelt more than I felt it originally smelt.

    But what if you were a Celt? *brain spinning*

    January 18, 2008

  • On the Veldt.

    January 18, 2008

  • I believe that the welts from the pelted belt (no longer felt) dwelt below the belt, where the pelt of wild bear was not protecting him, so the welt was more felt.

    January 18, 2008

  • That all depends, of course, on where each welt dwelt. Were they svelte, or below the belt?

    January 18, 2008

  • I'll wager the felt-dealt welt felt nothing like the belt-dealt welt felt.

    *stops to proofread before posting*

    January 18, 2008

  • What a blow that would have dealt!

    January 18, 2008

  • It would have, had he used his belt instead of the felt.

    January 18, 2008

  • Apparently, John felt the felt would leave a welt.

    January 18, 2008

  • I'm going to pelt you both. With felt.

    January 18, 2008

  • Trying... to... parse...

    January 18, 2008

  • Note for posterity: rt beat me by a nanosecond there. It's not like I came along an hour later and ripped him off shamelessly.

    January 18, 2008

  • I have smelt smelt, and I've spelt spelt, but I've never smelt spelt.

    January 18, 2008

  • I've smelt spelt and smelt smelt, and I've always felt that spelt smelt better than smelt smelt. On the other hand, I've spelt spelt and I've spelt smelt, and I've always felt that smelt spelt better than spelt spelt.

    But that's just me.

    January 18, 2008

  • I have, however, spelt smelt.

    January 18, 2008

  • I haven't. Is it dreadful?

    January 18, 2008

  • Have you ever smelt spelt?

    January 18, 2008

  • Not to be confused with smelt!

    January 18, 2008

  • 1) past tense of spell

    2) dreadful-tasting wheat product

    January 18, 2008