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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the chicken farms in Butler County, Nebraska, supply a cult favorite foodstuff: the $4.99 rotisserie chicken at Costco. Boyce Upholt, The New Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 In 2015, the taco — a staple foodstuff for millions of people; a morning meal, easy lunch, Tuesday dinner and late-night bite — got its own emoji. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 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, chicagotribune.com, 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

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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 29 Nov. 2022.

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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