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also known as: rie (obsolete spelling)
Rye (Secale cereale) is a cereal grain and a type of grass. It is native to Turkey (central and eastern) and adjacent areas. It can be used to make flour, beer, etc. It has the advantage of being able to grow in poorer soils than most other cereal grains.
The original Hebrew word in these texts is כֻּסְּמִים (transliteration: kussemeth). This Hebrew word also occurs in Ezek. 4:9, where the King James Version has “fitches” and the Revised King James Version “spelt.”
Article Version: March 13, 2018