These are granules of protein found in the top cell layer of the endosperm of grains such as wheat.
From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.
A*leu"rone (#), n. [Gr. flour.] Bot.
An albuminoid substance which occurs in minute grains ("protein granules") in maturing seeds and tubers; -- supposed to be a modification of protoplasm.
© Webster 1913.
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