or fi·lo

[ fee-loh ]
/ ˈfi loʊ /

noun Greek and Middle Eastern Cookery.

flaky, tissue-thin layers of pastry used in baked desserts and appetizers.

Nearby words

  1. phyllary,
  2. phyllid,
  3. phyllis,
  4. phyllite,
  5. phyllitic,
  6. phyllo-,
  7. phylloclade,
  8. phyllocladous,
  9. phyllode,
  10. phyllodium

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.
Also phyll-, -phyll.

Origin of phyllo-

< Greek, combining form of phýllon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phyllo

British Dictionary definitions for phyllo


/ (ˈfɪləʊ) /


a variant of filo

Word Origin for phyllo

C20: from Greek: leaf


before a vowel phyll-

combining form


Word Origin for phyllo-

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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