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biffin

[bif-in]
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noun
  1. a deep-red cooking apple native to Britain.
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Origin of biffin

1785–95; variant of beefing (so called from color of beef); see -ing3
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Historical Examples

  • What if Biffin—the respectable Biffin—should again come forward!

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Horrible position of little Biffin, who proposes a new round game.

  • At that moment Biffin, overwrought with excitement, forgot himself.

  • As she looked after him along the deck, the head of Major Biffin appeared to her, emerging from the saloon stairs.

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Major Biffin was the happiest man in the world, and Mrs. Cox went to her berth that night not altogether dissatisfied.

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    Anthony Trollope


British Dictionary definitions for biffin

biffin

noun
  1. British a variety of red cooking apple
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Word Origin

C18: from beefin ox for slaughter, from beef; referring to the apple's colour
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