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 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 Still, not all quirky submissions rely on foodstuffs: Another contender, from Alma Cortez Alvarez in Berrien Springs, Michigan, is built entirely out of lipsticks, lip balms and lip liners. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "See ‘Cheesehenge’ and Other Historical Homages Created for Archaeology Competition," 22 Apr. 2020 Instead, nearly all of the nation’s foodstuffs are now being channeled toward grocery stores, where demand is soaring for shelf-stable foods like pasta, flour, and beans, and household products like toilet paper, sanitizing alcohol, and tissues. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "We're Not Going to Run Out of Food—so Don't Panic Shop," 24 Mar. 2020 In other words, the Jello would never go from liquid goop to a wiggly, semi-solid foodstuff. Kat Eschner, Popular Science, "These tiny living robots could help science eavesdrop on cellular gossip," 17 Jan. 2020 Suppliers like Augason Farms also sell large cans of various foodstuffs that can be safely stored for years. Josh Centers, USA TODAY, "8 things preppers recommend to get you through the coronavirus crisis," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of foodstuff

1872, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jun 2020

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“Foodstuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 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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