Buckwheat

A corruption of boc. German, buche, beech-wheat; it is so called because it is triangular, like beech-mast. The botanical name is Fagopyrum (beech-wheat).

The buckwheat
Whitened broad acres, sweetening with its flowers The August wind.

Bryant: The Fountain, stanza 7.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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