from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A variety of wheat, originally considered a distinct species, Triticum compositum, cultivated in Egypt and Abyssinia, and to some extent elsewhere.
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[Footnote 3: "_Return with it or upon it_" was the well-known injunction of a Greek mother, as she handed her son his shield previous to the fight.] [Footnote 4: The mummy-wheat.] *****
Some, casting the horoscope for this struggling art of ours, find in these facts a great discouragement, believing that the vital germ of art is spontaneity -- believing that there cannot again be a genuine form of art until there arise a fresh race of artists, unfed by the mummy-wheat of tradition, unfettered by the cere-cloths of criticism.
Under the influence of these associations and the ideas pervading them our typical Irish farmer gets drawn out of his agricultural sleep of the ages, developing rapidly as mummy-wheat brought out of the tomb and exposed to the eternal forces which stimulate and bring to life.
The National Being Some Thoughts on an Irish Polity George William Russell 1901