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 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 Fancy burgers might be the current stars of the alternative protein scene, but a much more humble foodstuff is getting ready for its moment in the spotlight. Matt Reynolds, Wired, 8 Aug. 2021 Behavioural changes related to planning, buying less and choosing local, as well as storing foodstuff correctly should not be underestimated. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 25 June 2021 In fact, prior to the Spanish Conquest in 1519, amaranth was a staple foodstuff of the Inca and Aztec empires. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2021 Besides the obvious pleasures of inebriation, appropriate fermentation can both release otherwise unavailable nutrients from a foodstuff and assist in its long-term preservation. The Economist, 23 Mar. 2021 How on earth did such a humdrum commodity and unglamorous foodstuff come so close to deciding the fate of nations? Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 24 Dec. 2020

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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


food truck

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1 Sep 2021

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“Foodstuff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of foodstuff

: 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


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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