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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Recent Examples on the Web How on earth did such a humdrum commodity and unglamorous foodstuff come so close to deciding the fate of nations? Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, "What’s Brexit to Do with the Price of Fish?," 24 Dec. 2020 By the 14th century fruitcake was made after the fall harvest and stockpiled as a foodstuff for the following year – or decades. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: Holiday seasons may come and go but fruitcake is forever," 11 Dec. 2020 Russia first introduced its quota earlier this year as the pandemic drove strong demand for wheat, with consumers and countries alike seeking to stockpile the staple foodstuff. Will Horner, WSJ, "Wheat Prices Skyrocket After Dry Weather, Coronavirus Lockdowns," 9 Oct. 2020 Ever afterward, the richest vein in Beard’s teaching depended on this epiphany: that what mattered was the hybrid connection of culinary cultures with good local foodstuff. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "How James Beard Invented American Cooking," 5 Oct. 2020 Along with beans, flour, other foodstuff and gallons of water, Plummer also brought along something for the children who have been caught up in the pandemic: teddy bears. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Food, water, chickens: Help is on the way to pandemic-stricken Navajo, Hopi communities," 16 May 2020 Hyperinflation has put all but the most basic foodstuffs and medicines out of reach, leaving those who remain thin, hungry and sick. Washington Post, "In Venezuela’s oil capital, life is a struggle. So is death.," 20 Sep. 2019 Those plans aren’t completely finalized yet, but will include social distancing as well as limiting the number of people inside the store where the jarred products, fudge, refrigerated to-go casseroles, pies, cobblers and other foodstuffs are sold. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "Find fresh Texas peaches and barbecue to-go at this orchard in Terrell," 13 May 2020 Some of the moves are coming because sharply reduced availability of cargo space on passenger flights has disrupted shipments of fruits, vegetables and other foodstuffs. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "U.S. Joining Global Push Allowing Cargo Shipments in Passenger Jet Cabins," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of foodstuff

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foodstuff was in 1872

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16 Jan 2021

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“Foodstuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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