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 Unravel the phyllo dough onto a clean, dry work surface. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021 With scissors, trim the phyllo around the top edge, leaving a 1 1/2-inch overhang., 20 Apr. 2021 Flaky phyllo pastries filled with a combination of spinach, feta, cream cheese and ricotta. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 Greek mom, who contributed her superb recipe for spanakopita, its flaky layers of phyllo concealing a liberal spread of spinach and feta. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2021 Divide the phyllo into 2 stacks of 3 three sheets each, coating each sheet lightly with the cooking spray before stacking. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2021 Whereas baklava from neighboring countries is made with a flaky phyllo pastry, Iranian baghlava uses a softer dough that is rolled out very thin and filled with blanched ground almonds or pistachios. Naz Deravian, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2021 Once the filling is made, it can then be spooned into a ramekin and topped with squares of layered phyllo and baked in about 15 minutes. Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2021 Overlap the phyllo pastry sheets on an oiled baking tray lined with parchment, placing each one on top at a different angle so that all the corners create a starlike shape. Star Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Phyllo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of phyllo

: very thin dough that is used in pastries

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