- noun a grain crop (Fagopyrum esculentum) that is not a member of the grass family like other cereals. It can be grown on the poorest of soils.
- The seed of a plant, Fagopyrum esculentum, of the dock family native to Russia. After dehusking the grain may be toasted and/or ground to a flour and used in the same way as other cereal grains. Has a pleasant nutty flavour.
- noun a grain crop that is not a member of the grass family and can be grown on the poorest of soils. When buckwheat is ground into flour, it is used to make pancakes.
Origin & History of “buckwheat”
Buckwheat has no connection with male deer. The buck- element is related to the English word beech, and the name comes from the resemblance of buckwheat (the seeds of a plant of the dock family) to the three-sided seeds of the beech tree. The word was actually borrowed from middle Dutch boecweite, meaning literally ‘beechwheat’.