Definition of wheat in English:

wheat

noun

  • 1A cereal plant that is the most important kind grown in temperate countries, the grain of which is ground to make flour for bread, pasta, pastry, etc.

    • ‘Oats are among the most nutritious of cereals, containing as much protein as the finest bread wheat, and higher levels of fat than any other common cereal.’
    • ‘Therefore, it was well accepted, as Candolle had suggested in 1886, that since wild wheats grow in the Euphrates basin, wheat cultivation must have originated there.’
    • ‘Perhaps 2,000 years later, durum wheat hybridised with goat grass to give us bread wheat.’
    • ‘I share the seed with people who are interested in growing the old wheats.’
    • ‘For instance, bread wheat is hexaploid with three (A, B, and D) genomes, each containing seven pairs of homoeologous chromosomes.’
    • ‘The creation of Marquis wheat, forerunner of nearly all bread wheats in western Canada, illustrates how plant breeders built on the legacy left by generations of farmers.’
    • ‘Three species exist both as wild and domesticated wheats, einkorn, emmer, and breadwheat.’
    • ‘The land at Scampston is mainly sandy, so only first wheats are grown.’
    • ‘Hard wheats - like durum have a high gluten content (hi protein) and this is often used for bread and commercially made & dried pasta.’
    • ‘Australia's high protein white wheats have been ideal for making bread, pastas and noodles - very attractive to the Asian markets.’
    • ‘It is well known that red-grained wheats show a wider variation in grain dormancy than white-grained wheats.’
    • ‘The country's main crops are olives, vines, maize and hard wheats.’
    • ‘Bulgaria's State Agriculture Fund has started selecting grain producers for buying out bread wheat for the newly set up Grain Commodity Fund.’
    • ‘Other Iron Age crops included the more ancient emmer wheat (Triticum dicoccum, which was grown on light soils), bread wheat, oats, rye, peas, Celtic beans, and flax.’
    • ‘The many thousands of grains comprise not just emmer and naked barley, but also bread wheat - which points clearly to the Neolithic - and linseed.’
    • ‘Barley is also an important cereal crop species ranking fourth in the world after rice, the wheats, and maize.’
    • ‘One consequence was that the wheat grown in Britain had only about a quarter of the selenium content of imported wheats, due to lower levels in the soil.’
    • ‘The wilderness of saltbush and scrub has given way to orchards and vineyards, to wheats and rice.’
    • ‘Seeds of diploid wheats and primitive tetraploid wheats (ssp. dicoccum) were obtained from Dr CI Kling (State Plant Breeding Institute, University Hohenheim, Stuttgart).’
    • ‘Items to be covered include options in crop sequences, wheat breeding directions, tramline farming, potential for durum wheats, lupins and various pests and their control.’
    1. 1.1 The grain of the wheat plant.
      • ‘Despite this, the trials of other feed grain wheats and forage cereal varieties east of Bairnsdale continue to attract the interest of growers.’

Phrases

  • separate the wheat from the chaff

    • Distinguish valuable people or things from worthless ones.

      • ‘The betting market promises to be the best guide to sorting the wheat from the chaff in the first two-year-old race of the season, the Ballyhane Stud Brocklesby Stakes.’
      • ‘It took over an hour to sort the wheat from the chaff - and that was just going through the subject lines to pick out the usual suspects.’
      • ‘The problem comes in sorting the wheat from the chaff, and you or I can only try to assess the performance of our local authority planning department.’
      • ‘Doing this will sort the wheat from the chaff and will save time, effort and tears.’
      • ‘I sat down one no-doubt-procrastinatory afternoon and sorted the wheat from the chaff.’
      • ‘Perhaps that might help to sort the wheat from the chaff.’
      • ‘There are lots of tributes out there and the crowds soon learn to sort the wheat from the chaff.’
      • ‘The market will have to sort the wheat from the chaff.’
      • ‘Certainly a ringtone reduces pop songs down to their barest essentials and in doing so sorts the wheat from the chaff.’
      • ‘There's more of everything, a plethora of competing versions vying for the user's attention and, to cap it all, the web is so jam-packed with information that it's getting harder by the day to sort the wheat from the chaff.’

Origin

Old English hwǣte, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch weit, German Weizen, also to white.

Pronunciation:

wheat

/(h)wēt/