staff of life

noun phrase

: a staple of diet
especially : bread

Examples of staff of life in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, acorns were the staff of life for many of the indigenous people in California for millennia, says author and ethnobotanist Kat Anderson. Dawn Starin, Scientific American, 16 May 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of staff of life was in 1607

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“Staff of life.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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