chufa

[choo-fuh]

noun

an African plant, Cyperus esculentus sativus, of the sedge family, having a tuberous, edible root.

Nearby words

  1. chucky,
  2. chuddar,
  3. chuddies,
  4. chuddy,
  5. chudskoye ozero,
  6. chuff,
  7. chuffed,
  8. chuffing,
  9. chuffle,
  10. chuffy

Origin of chufa

1850–55, Americanism; < Spanish

Also called earth almond.

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British Dictionary definitions for chufa

chufa

noun

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

Word Origin for chufa

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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