\ 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 Ethiopian cooks ferment injera's ground-teff batter into a tart, bubbling brew, while the corn dough for Venezuelan arepas is patted straight onto a sizzling griddle. Jen Rose Smith, CNN, 4 May 2022 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, 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, 19 Mar. 2020 Put the teff flour, cocoa, chocolate chips, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. ExpressNews.com, 8 Jan. 2020 But there’s also kamut, teff, millet, wild rice, buckwheat, cornmeal and even pasta. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 19 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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“Teff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teff. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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