phyl·​lo | \ ˈfē-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce phyllo (audio) , ˈfī- How to pronounce phyllo (audio) \
variants: or less commonly 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 For the first course, a flaky spinach and cheese borek wrapped in phyllo pastry was a satisfying and savory start, paired with radishes, cucumbers and olives. David Tanis, New York Times, "In the Mood for Turkish Food," 1 Nov. 2019 Desserts options include koulourakia (Greek Easter cookies), kourambiethes (butter cookies dusted with powered sugar), paximathia (Greek biscotti), and galaktoboureko (phyllo pastry with custard). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Opa! St. Spyridon celebrates 50 years of Greek culture, customs and hospitality," 6 June 2019 Bastilla — a nutty ground chicken pie wrapped in crisp phyllo and dusted with cinnamon and sugar — is a mind-bending blend of savory and sweet. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The 10 best restaurants in north Phoenix," 24 Feb. 2020 Repeat with the remaining phyllo for a total of 8 rings. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Lighten up your summer dessert with seasonal stone fruit," 17 July 2019 The possibilities with phyllo are almost limitless. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Take a more layered approach by adding phyllo dough to your kitchen staples," 23 Sep. 2019 This concoction is layered with almonds scented with orange blossom water and baked into a buttery phyllo shell, then dusted with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here's where to find our 14 favorite pies for Pi Day in metro Phoenix," 9 Mar. 2020 Bake 15 to 18 minutes, until the phyllo is golden brown and crisped and the fish is just cooked through. Ellie Krieger, The Denver Post, "Parmesan-crusted halibut on phyllo sounds rich but eats light," 24 June 2019 Its authentic baklawa pastries are stuffed with pistachios, walnuts or almonds and layered in crispy phyllo dough, dipped in butter and drizzled with a sweet sugar syrup. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Unique food gifts from Michigan include coney kits, dry toast and chocolates," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Jun 2020

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“Phyllo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of phyllo

: very thin dough that is used in pastries

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