phyl·​lo | \ ˈfē-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce phyllo (audio) , ˈfī- How to pronounce phyllo (audio) \
variants: or less commonly filo or fillo

Definition of phyllo

: extremely thin dough that is layered to produce a flaky pastry

Examples of phyllo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her traditional Greek recipes—available on page 104 of the July 1984 issue—like Fasolia Salad and phyllo pastries were Fourth of July staples the neighbors looked forward to each year. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 June 2022 As a lighter, better-for-you alternative to puff pastry or other pie doughs, this recipe, also from Ellie Krieger, features phyllo dough, which results in a shatteringly crisp, flaky exterior. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Then, bake the phyllo on its own for 10 minutes at 350°. Bon Appétit, 1 Mar. 2022 Flaky phyllo dough, sweet orange blossom syrup, and a nutty pistachio filling combine to make an unforgettable dessert. Janae Mckenzie, Glamour, 5 May 2022 Spanakopita is one of the most well-known, featuring a spinach and feta filling inside flaky phyllo dough, but there's also its cousin hortopita, made with wild greens; tiropita, a savory cheese pie; and maridopita, a fish pie. Casey Barber, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Check the freezer aisle next to the puff pastry cups and phyllo dough. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Layers of flaky phyllo also form the crust for Albanian burek or byrek, savory pies that can be filled with everything from ground meat to spinach and cheese. Casey Barber, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Using my pan for a pull apart bread or this skillet phyllo pie? Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 29 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of phyllo

1950, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phyllo

Modern Greek, sheet of pastry dough, literally, leaf, from Greek phyllon

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“Phyllo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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