- a grass, Eragrostis tef, native to northern Africa, where it is cultivated for its edible seeds.
Origin of teff
1780–90; < Amharic t’ef; compare Geez t’ah’əf, t’ayəf
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Examples from the Web for teff
About the 20th of November they reap the first barley, then the wheat, and last of all the 'teff.'Celebrated Travels and Travellers
The Teff is almost deserted, and near the sources of the Japur there remained but the fragments of the great nation of the Umaa.Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
About the 20th of November they begin to reap, first the barley, then the wheat, and lastly the teff.