variants or less commonly filo or fillo
: extremely thin dough that is layered to produce a flaky pastry

Examples of phyllo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amid shortages of food items and the wartime economy, the price of the shop’s famous borma fingers, cheese wrapped in phyllo dough and soaked in a sugary syrup, has jumped from $2 to $12, out of reach for most Gazans. Ghada Abdulfattah, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Apr. 2024 Get The Recipe 45 of 50 Mushroom-Stuffed Phyllo Puffs Flakey phyllo meets a savory mushroom filling made decadent with cream, Gruyère, and a splash of sherry. Marissa Wu, Southern Living, 18 Oct. 2023 Cranberry Chèvre Goat Cheese: There are plenty of recipes for baked bries stuffed with cranberries and wrapped in phyllo dough. Dave Quinn, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 Garnish with phyllo hair and top with Parmesan hat. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 27 July 2023 An impressive sake menu and Japanese whisky list pair easily with dishes like king prawns wrapped in phyllo and tataki with black truffle ponzu. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 17 July 2023 After the first bake, drizzle 1 cup melted unsalted butter evenly over the phyllo. Bon Appétit, 1 Mar. 2022 These bite-sized appetizers are incredibly delicious, with flaky phyllo dough shells surrounding creamy, tasty Brie cheese. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 These reheat best in the oven or toaster oven to crisp up the phyllo crust. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phyllo was in 1950

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“Phyllo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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