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Hebrew: כֻּסְּמִים —transliteration: kussemeth

This is the Triticum spelta, a species of hard, rough-grained wheat also called dinkel wheat or hulled wheat. Common wheat is Triticum aestivum.

The King James Version erroneously translated this word as “rie” (rye) in Exodus 9:32 and Isaiah 28:25. In both cases, the margins of the Authorized and of the Revised King James Versions have “spelt.”

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Article Version: March 13, 2018