foodstuff

noun

food·​stuff ˈfüd-ˌstəf How to pronounce foodstuff (audio)
: a substance with food value
specifically : the raw material of food before or after processing

Examples of foodstuff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So Terrill set about painting still lifes: sensual arrangements of foodstuffs and flowers set against ebullient wallpapers and bright serapes (a nod to his Mexican heritage). Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 When the waters are low, the heavy boats, laden with metal and with foodstuffs, run aground on the sandbanks of the river. Michelle Orange, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 The past 12 months have provided people with a whole new schema of aesthetic nomenclature, each foodstuff connected to some kind of inherent moral quality. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2023 Shortages of carbohydrates, above other foodstuffs, were deemed most likely to trigger civil unrest in the United Kingdom. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 13 Dec. 2023 Judith Amores Other groups have experimented with programming foodstuffs to enable food to transform physically. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 20 Oct. 2023 Russian military supply chains were notoriously lacking, and soldiers had to resort to buying foodstuffs from her. James Verini Paolo Pellegrin, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2023 The Russians started distributing basic foodstuffs and hygiene supplies at what had been a big-box store called Metro, which now doubled as an office of the United Russia Party. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 14 Aug. 2023 Over the past year, Ukraine has exported around 33 million metric tons of foodstuffs, while global food prices have largely stabilized. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of foodstuff was in 1872

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Cite this Entry

“Foodstuff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foodstuff. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

foodstuff

noun
food·​stuff ˈfüd-ˌstəf How to pronounce foodstuff (audio)
: a substance with food value
especially : a specific nutrient (as protein or fat)

Medical Definition

foodstuff

noun
food·​stuff ˈfüd-ˌstəf How to pronounce foodstuff (audio)
: a substance with food value
especially : a specific nutrient (as a fat or protein)

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