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[food-stuhf] /ˈfudˌstʌf/
a substance used or capable of being used as nutriment.
Origin of foodstuff
1870-75; food + stuff Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The South, which in planting days had relied so heavily upon the Northwest for its foodstuffs, began to battle for independence.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • The cook comes in with a basket of foodstuffs fresh from the market.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • In this first enclosure are the vendors of buyos, cigars, sweetmeats, and foodstuffs.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • The poorest providers and preparers of foodstuffs are their producers.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • There are several infections that may be communicated by milk, but are rarely if ever due to other foodstuffs.

    Food Poisoning Edwin Oakes Jordan
  • But couldn't I just buy some land, get a government contract for foodstuffs?

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • The rise in demand for foodstuffs during the war caused planters to shift from tobacco in increasing numbers.

  • But foodstuffs are only a small part of these Congo economic troubles.

    An African Adventure Isaac F. Marcosson
  • First, to the control of profits by manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers, and the control of speculation in foodstuffs.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • The constant increase in foodstuffs is most largely responsible for this.

    The Modern Railroad Edward Hungerford
British Dictionary definitions for foodstuffs


any material, substance, etc, that can be used as food
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foodstuffs



1870, from food + stuff (n.). Related: Foodstuffs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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