Definition of goat's wheat in US English:

goat's wheat


  • (In later use) any of various small flowering shrubs of the genus Atraphaxis (family Polygonaceae), especially A. spinosa, native to steppe habitats in southeastern Eurasia, the Middle East, China, and Siberia (originally regarded as members of a distinct genus Tragopyrum); the genus Tragopyrum itself; (now rare).


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Gerard (c1545–1612), herbalist.