food·​stuff | \ ˈfüd-ˌstəf How to pronounce foodstuff (audio) \

Definition of foodstuff

: a substance with food value specifically : the raw material of food before or after processing

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Planted Pigments Herno, a 71-year-old Italian outerwear label, is using farmable foodstuffs like olives, grapes and onions to dye jackets green, purple and yellow, respectively. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Does ‘Sustainable Fashion’ Really Mean Anything?," 17 June 2019 Julius Barmat was a Russian Jewish businessman who made his fortune importing Dutch foodstuffs to Germany during the food shortages of the Great War. Rebecca Schuman, Longreads, "On Truth and Lying in the Extra German Sense," 20 June 2019 Kim was photographed visiting foodstuff factories several times since assuming power in 2011. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un's bizarre North Korea propaganda photos," 13 Aug. 2018 In addition to buying Iranian natural gas, Iraq is one of Iran’s top non-oil export markets, with a trade volume of $9 billion, mostly in agricultural products, foodstuffs, fruit, poultry and construction materials. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iran Works to Keep Iraq Open for Business," 15 Jan. 2019 Mexico and Canada, as well as the EU, have targeted foodstuffs, from pork and apples to cheese and orange juice. The Economist, "Harley-Davidson shifts some production out of America," 28 June 2018 The Soviet period—where foodstuffs were often cheap but in short supply—and the economic hardships of the 1990s have conditioned many Russians to pounce on a good deal. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Domino’s Offered Free Pizza for Life in Exchange for a Logo Tattoo. It Found People Really Like Ink.," 16 Sep. 2018 Trade disputes with China, Mexico and other countries touched off by President Trump’s get-tough stance on trading partners, are altering global flows of foodstuffs like soybeans and pork, agribusiness executives said. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "U.S. Farm Sector Braces For Protracted Trade Fight," 27 Sep. 2018 One of the most controversial measures is a 1 percent duty on basic foodstuffs. Javier Cordoba, Fox News, "Costa Rica shaken by rare and unruly unrest, labor strike," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of foodstuff

1872, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of foodstuff

technical : a substance that is used as food


food·​stuff | \ ˈfüd-ˌstəf How to pronounce foodstuff (audio) \

Kids Definition of foodstuff

: a substance that is used as food


food·​stuff | \ ˈfüd-ˌstəf How to pronounce foodstuff (audio) \

Medical Definition of foodstuff

: a substance with food value especially : a specific nutrient (as a fat or protein)

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