Definitions

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

  • noun A type of wheat (Triticum spelta syn. T. aestivum subsp. spelta) having a tough hull. It was widely cultivated in southwest Asia, the Near East, and Europe during the Bronze Age and is now grown chiefly in Europe.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A species of grain (Triticum Spelta) much cultivated for food in Germany and Switzerland; -- called also German wheat.
  • verb obsolete To split; to break; to spalt.
  • imp. & p. p. of spell. Spelled.
  • noun (Metal.), colloq. Spelter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb chiefly UK Simple past tense and past participle of spell.
  • noun A grain, considered either a subspecies of wheat, Triticum aestivum subsp. spelta, or a separate species Triticum spelta.
  • noun dialect, Northern England, Scotland A thin piece of wood or metal; a splinter.
  • verb obsolete To split; to break; to spalt.

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

  • noun hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe for livestock feed

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin spelta, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch spelte, wheat.]

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See spell

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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").

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From Middle High German spalden, or Old Norse spald.

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.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • 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

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • 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 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.

    Messing With the Bread

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  • 1) past tense of spell

    2) dreadful-tasting wheat product

    January 18, 2008

  • Not to be confused with smelt!

    January 18, 2008

  • Have you ever smelt spelt?

    January 18, 2008

  • I haven't. Is it dreadful?

    January 18, 2008

  • I have, however, spelt smelt.

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

    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

  • Trying... to... parse...

    January 18, 2008

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

    January 18, 2008