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chufa

[choo-fuh]
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noun
  1. an African plant, Cyperus esculentus sativus, of the sedge family, having a tuberous, edible root.

Origin of chufa

1850–55, Americanism; < Spanish
Also called earth almond.
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British Dictionary definitions for chufa

chufa

noun
  1. a sedge, Cyperus esculentus, of warm regions of the Old World, with nutlike edible tubers

Word Origin

C19: from Old Spanish: a morsel, joke, from chufar to joke, from chuflar to deride, ultimately from Latin sībilāre to whistle
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