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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Examples of foodstuff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the Greek Delta was close to Chicago’s wholesale markets, the first Greek immigrants could buy foodstuff and become pushcart peddlers, even before learning English. Ron Grossman,, 1 Apr. 2022 Ship movements in the Black Sea, a key oil and foodstuff export route whose northern side is shared between Russia and Ukraine, have been frozen. Costas Paris And Benoit Faucon, WSJ, 1 Mar. 2022 Too little can lead to a bonk and even nausea if your blood sugar gets too low, while too much foodstuff can also provoke the gut and induce queasiness. Patrick Wilson, Outside Online, 15 June 2020 Scent is critical because, despite being a foodstuff, the tuber doesn’t actually taste of very much. Rebecca Ann Hughes, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 As time passed, the indices were subcategorized; lard and corn, for instance, went into a separate index for foodstuff. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 15 Oct. 2021 But bananas, like every foodstuff that grows in the Global South and becomes a beloved commodity in the Global North, have a rather sordid history. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 The researchers are also in talks with private companies interested in exploring the technology for other applications beyond storing astronaut foodstuff. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2021 When reduced to obstructive matter between teeth, any foodstuff abandons its singularity, its recognizability. New York Times, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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Dictionary Entries Near foodstuff

food stamp


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10 Apr 2022

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“Foodstuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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