One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past and past participle of spell
An old kind of wheat with bearded ears and spikelets that each contain two narrow grains, not widely grown but favoured as a health food.
Triticum spelta, family Gramineae
- ‘In the humid Midwestern United States, wheat should never follow wheat or spelt in the rotation sequence.’
- ‘For loaf breads, grind the millet to a fine flour and then combine it with three times as much spelt, barley, or wheat flour.’
- ‘Soybeans, corn, wheat and spelt are the focus, along with some dry beans, a little oats, and assorted cover crops.’
- ‘For those who cannot tolerate the gluten in spelt and wheat, there are gluten-free options.’
- ‘Little of the wheat or spelt in New York made baking quality; farmers just couldn't get into the sodden fields to harvest before the grain sprouted.’
Late Old English, from Old Saxon spelta. The word was rare until the 16th century, when it was readopted from Middle Dutch.
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