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.
- ‘For loaf breads, grind the millet to a fine flour and then combine it with three times as much spelt, barley, or wheat flour.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In the humid Midwestern United States, wheat should never follow wheat or spelt in the rotation sequence.’
- ‘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.’
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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