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buckwheat (n.)

1540s, from Middle Dutch boecweite "beech wheat" (compare Danish boghvede, Swedish bovete, German Buchweizen), so called from resemblance of the grains to the seed of beech trees. Possibly a native formation on the same model as the Dutch word, from a dialectal form of beech. See beech + wheat.

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Definitions of buckwheat from WordNet

buckwheat (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;
Synonyms: Polygonum fagopyrum / Fagopyrum esculentum
buckwheat (n.)
grain ground into flour;
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