Definition of triticale in US English:



  • A hybrid grain produced by crossing wheat and rye, grown as a fodder crop.

    • ‘Over 65% of the crop was wheat, 20% barley and the remaining 15% was made up of canola, lupins, oats, triticale and field peas.’
    • ‘It's a mix of tastes and textures - flakes, twigs, and granola - made from whole oats, brown rice, rye, red winter wheat, triticale, buckwheat, barley, and sesame seeds.’
    • ‘The cultural practices and fertilization practices recommended for wheat are satisfactory for triticale.’
    • ‘Among the plants being tried are corn, sunflowers, forage turnips, triticale and various different perennial grasses.’
    • ‘I know that triticale is a grain crop, but I have never come across it.’
    • ‘Within 24 hours after our kidney beans and soybeans are harvested, the fields are disked lightly and planted to a small grain, usually spelt, wheat, triticale or winter barley.’
    • ‘The team looked at crops such as corn, peas, proso millet, safflower, sunflower, triticale, and winter wheat, with some crops grown for grain and some for forage.’
    • ‘The physical position of transgenes has been detected by fluorescent in situ hybridization in cereals such as barley, wheat, triticale, and oat.’
    • ‘These include the glutens present in all forms of wheat, including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, malt, couscous, bulgar, triticale, einkorn, and faro, as well as in related grains - rye and barley.’
    • ‘The developing grain head on all small grains (winter wheat, rye, triticale, barley) is located just above the highest stem node of the plant.’
    • ‘Now you can choose from mixtures of whole barley, buckwheat, triticale, amaranth, rye, kamut, and more.’
    • ‘Claviceps purpurea grows mainly on rye, wheat, triticale, and barley.’
    • ‘In counties suffering from the drought, pastures and ranges are in short supply and sudan sorghum or forage millet may be good options for late summer use and wheat or triticale may provide some forage later in the fall or early spring.’
    • ‘It was caused by a pathogen that invaded the wheat grain, and also affected durum wheats and triticale.’
    • ‘Spring oats and triticale are the least competitive, while winter cereals are often too competitive.’
    • ‘Meanwhile scientists are scouring the world to find frost-tolerant varieties of wheat and triticale.’
    • ‘Recropping intervals include: anytime for soybeans; 4 months for wheat, barley, rye, oats and triticale; 10 months for field corn and sorghum; 12 months for proso and pearl millet; and 18 months for sweet corn.’
    • ‘Barley, oats, triticale and rye are all valuable in animal feed, and if managed carefully, can produce profitable yields.’
    • ‘Annual cover crops such as vetch, triticale, rye, winter wheat or Austrian winter peas should be sown in mid-September.’
    • ‘Producers with livestock might find the production of triticale (a cross between wheat and rye) a worthwhile alternative for grazing or green-chop.’


1950s: modern Latin, from a blend of the genus names Triticum ‘wheat’ and Secale ‘rye’.