food·​stuff | \ ˈfüd-ˌstəf \

Definition of foodstuff

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

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Shops selling halal foodstuffs in Zhongning county, an agricultural area in China's Ningxia region, have replaced signs featuring Arabic text with new signs that only feature Chinese and English text. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas," 23 Dec. 2018 Across the street at Tiffany & Co., there are cyborgs and foodstuff, as well. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Mr. and Mr. Polar Bear, Karaoke, and the Grinch: A Closer Look at the Holiday Windows," 27 Nov. 2018 Amazon wants to offer a menu of options to get foodstuffs from the company, Puerini said. Matt Day, The Seattle Times, "Amazon has a second Go at cashierless convenience store in downtown Seattle," 25 Aug. 2018 This festival is dedicated to foodstuffs Cincinnatians and Northern Kentuckians hold dearest (well, those that are not chili-related): Bacon. Bourbon. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 Tests proved him right. Spraying experimental rice plants with artificial acid rain immediately cut their release into the soil of three relevant bacterial foodstuffs—fumaric acid, galactose and glucose. The Economist, "A cheap way to save rice plants from the effects of acid rain," 12 July 2018 López Obrador, meanwhile, wants Mexico to be self-sufficient in foodstuffs and gasoline, two major US exports to Mexico. Dave Graham, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's presidential front-runner seeks common ground with Trump," 11 June 2018 All of these complement the restaurant’s widely beloved namesake foodstuff, a small and squishy veggie burger that actually tastes good. Marian Bull, GQ, "The Superiority Burger Cookbook Has the Secret to the Best Mushrooms You'll Ever Eat," 7 June 2018 Only a handful of stores still sell perishable foodstuffs. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "As the Ferry Building evolves, its original grocery vendors adjust to the times," 9 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of foodstuff

: a substance that is used as food


food·​stuff | \ ˈfüd-ˌstəf \

Kids Definition of foodstuff

: a substance that is used as food


food·​stuff | \ ˈfüd-ˌstəf \

Medical Definition of foodstuff

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

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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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