From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buckwheat \Buck"wheat`\, n. [Buck a beech tree + wheat; akin to
   D. boekweit, G. buchweizen.]
   1. (Bot.) A plant (Fagopyrum esculentum) of the Polygonum
      family, the seed of which is used for food.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. The triangular seed used, when ground, for griddle cakes,
      [1913 Webster]
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