- flaky, tissue-thin layers of pastry used in baked desserts and appetizers.
Origin of phyllo
1945–50; < Modern Greek phýllo(n) literally, leaf; see phyllo-
- a combining form meaning “leaf,” used in the formation of compound words: phyllopod.
Origin of phyllo-
< Greek, combining form of phýllon
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Related Wordscake, doughnut, bread, croissant, pie, phyllo, delicacy, dainty, tart, Danish, strudel, patisserie, turnover, panettone
Examples from the Web for phyllo
Place the stack of phyllo dough sheets on a cutting board and cover it with a slightly damp towel.
Cut the phyllo in half crosswise to make two (7 × 8½-inch) rectangles.
Place one sheet of phyllo on the board, brush it with butter, and sprinkle it with ¾ teaspoon of bread crumbs.
The phyllo cooks until golden, crisp, and flaky, and the cheesy spinach filling is addictive, to say the least.What to Eat: Light Greek Meal
June 1, 2010
- a variant of filo
C20: from Greek: leaf
before a vowel phyll-
from Greek phullon leaf
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Word Origin and History for phyllo
before vowels phyll-, word-forming element meaning "leaf," from Greek phyllo-, comb. form of phyllon "leaf" (see folio).
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