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

Examples of foodstuff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That is done by attracting them with their preferred foodstuff, faeces. The Economist, "Scientific methods Dung beetles prefer human faeces to those of wild animals," 11 Jan. 2020 The pervasive spirit of social collaboration reaches a delightful climax with a celebratory feast of many foodstuffs, in which all the audience participates. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘A Christmas Carol’ Review: God Rest Ye Merry, Plutocrats," 20 Nov. 2019 Like many other regional foodstuffs – parmesan and champagne among them – there are tight restrictions over what products can be called tequila or mezcal. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world Indian tequila: one man’s quest to perfect a national spirit," 31 Jan. 2020 The era’s poor oral hygiene has helped add even more evidence to this line of investigation, as genetic bits of foodstuffs were also identifiable in the gum. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Human Genome Recovered From 5,700-Year-Old Chewing Gum," 17 Dec. 2019 Malaysia produces 30% of the global supply of palm oil, a versatile and cheap vegetable oil used in many foodstuffs as well as consumer products like shampoo. Jack Guy, CNN, "Rat-eating macaques could boost palm oil sustainability in Malaysia," 22 Oct. 2019 Upon their return to the Boston area, Cook and Mangano, families in tow, will hit up kid-friendly attractions and homes of beloved foodstuffs. Maura Johnston,, "At Fenway, Zac Brown Band has a winning streak to maintain," 29 Aug. 2019 But some foodstuffs made it through relatively intact, if not egregiously overcooked. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Dine Like a Doomed Pompeiian at This Upscale Eatery," 27 Dec. 2019 Robotic manipulation in the world of foodstuffs is infamously difficult, but CMU has already proven itself back in 2013 through Herb, a robot that can very carefully separate an Oreo cookie from its creamy filling. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Bad News for Dads: Robots Can Grill Hot Dogs Now," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of foodstuff

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Foodstuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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


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Medical Definition of foodstuff

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

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