|1.||the mass of husks, etc, separated from the seeds during threshing|
|2.||finely cut straw and hay used to feed cattle|
|3.||something of little worth; rubbish (esp in the phrase separate the wheat from the chaff)|
|4.||the dry membranous bracts enclosing the flowers of certain composite plants|
|5.||thin strips of metallic foil released into the earth's atmosphere to confuse radar signals and prevent detection|
|[Old English ceaf; related to Old High German keva husk]|
the refuse of winnowed corn. It was usually burned (Ex. 15:7; Isa. 5:24; Matt. 3:12). This word sometimes, however, means dried grass or hay (Isa. 5:24; 33:11). Chaff is used as a figure of abortive wickedness (Ps. 1:4; Matt. 3:12). False doctrines are also called chaff (Jer. 23:28), or more correctly rendered "chopped straw." The destruction of the wicked, and their powerlessness, are likened to the carrying away of chaff by the wind (Isa. 17:13; Hos. 13:3; Zeph. 2:2).