• WordNet 3.6
    • n Triticum annual cereal grasses from Mediterranean area; widely cultivated in temperate regions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Triticum (Bot) A genus of grasses including the various species of wheat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n triticum A genus of grasses, of the tribe Hordeeæ, type of the subtribe Triticeæ. It is characterized by two- to five-flowered somewhat compressed spikelets solitary at the nodes, and by an oblong or ventricose five- to nine-nerved flowering glume, the lateral nerves not connivent. The genus includes the cultivated species or varieties of wheat, long diffused widely through all temperate regions, and from 10 to 15 species in the wild state, natives of the Mediterranean region and of western Asia. They are annual or biennial erect flat-leafed grasses, with a terminal elongated or cylindrical spike, its axis usually without joints, but flexuous with alternate excavations, into which the spike-lets are set. For the polymorphous cultivated species T. sativum (T. mulgare), see wheat, spelt, leghorn, mummy-wheat, and cut under Monocotyledones; and compare amelcorn and Ægilops, 2. For T. (now Agropyrum) repens, see-quitch-grass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Triticum trit′i-kum a genus of grasses including the varieties of wheat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., perhaps fr. tritus, p. p. of terere, to grind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. 'wheat'—terĕre, tritum, to rub.


In literature:

The botanical name of it is TRITICUM AESTIVUM.
"Cottage Economy" by William Cobbett
Triticum aestivum, hibernum, etc.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
The coarse grass growing on the sea-shore, S. denoting the Triticum juncium, and also the Arundo arenaria.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson