A type of wheat (Triticum dicoccum or T. dicoccon syn. T. turgidum subsp. dicoccum or dicoccon) typically having two seeds per spikelet, first cultivated in the Neolithic period and widely grown in the Middle East and Europe through the Bronze Age. It is now grown in parts of Eurasia and Africa. Also called farro.
[German, from Middle High German amer, emeri, from Old High German amaro.]
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