\ ˈtef How to pronounce teff (audio) \

Definition of teff

: an economically important Ethiopian annual cereal grass (Eragrostis tef synonym E. abyssinica) grown for its small grain which yields a white flour and as a forage and hay crop

Examples of teff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Quinoa, amaranth, millet, farro, spelt, Kamut (a wheat grain said to be discovered in an Egyptian tomb) and teff (an Ethiopian grain about the size of a poppy seed) are some examples of ancient grains. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Overcome the coronavirus meat shortage by adopting one of the world's healthiest diets," 20 May 2020 Traditionally, teff flour is mixed with water, fermented over several days and baked on a mitad griddle until thin, spongy and decidedly tangy. Washington Post, "The 10 best breads in the world," 19 Mar. 2020 Put the teff flour, cocoa, chocolate chips, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Chocolate Banana Teff Flour Pancakes," 8 Jan. 2020 But there’s also kamut, teff, millet, wild rice, buckwheat, cornmeal and even pasta. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "The Meat-Lover’s Guide to Eating Less Meat," 31 Dec. 2019 Last November, a Dutch court invalidated a European patent for teff flour, a staple grain that’s used in Ethiopia’s injera bread. Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa, "South Africa’s Khoisan community will finally get a share of the commercialization of rooibos," 5 Nov. 2019 Founders: Saron Mechale and Elizabeth Johnson The company wants to market teff, an Ethiopian grain that is popular among endurance runners, in the United States. BostonGlobe.com, "These hot R.I. startups are getting lots of buzz - The Boston Globe," 5 Oct. 2019 Grains include oat, wheat, rice, barley, rye, bulgur, buckwheat, amaranth, farro, quinoa, millet, sorghum, teff, triticale, farro and spelt. Jenna Birch, Washington Post, "A primer on whole grains: What they are, why they’re important and how to find them," 19 Aug. 2019 Deep, dark chocolate meets some fun new ingredients, such as teff flour and date syrup, resulting in unusual, indulgent bars with an utterly decadent texture. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "7 sweet treats that taste better in a cast-iron pan," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of teff

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teff

Amharic ṭef

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29 May 2020

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“Teff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teff. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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