Meaning of buckwheat

buck•wheat

Pronunciation: (buk'hwēt", -wēt"), [key]
— n.
  1. a plant, esp. Fagopyrum esculentum, cultivated for its triangular seeds, which are used as a feed for animals or made into a flour for human consumption, as in pancakes or cereal. Cf. buckwheat family.
  2. the seeds of this plant.
  3. flour made from seeds of buckwheat.
—adj.
  1. made with buckwheat flour: buckwheat pancakes.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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