One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A high-quality, rust-resistant variety of spring wheat, probably originally of Ukrainian origin, popularized in Canada in the second half of the 19th cent.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Wisconsin Mirror. From red + the name of David Fife, Scottish-born Canadian farmer, who introduced the variety to Canada in 1842.
Red Fife/ˌrɛd ˈfʌɪf/
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