chufa

[choo-fuh]
noun
an African plant, Cyperus esculentus sativus, of the sedge family, having a tuberous, edible root.
Also called earth almond.


Origin:
1850–55, Americanism; < Spanish

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chufa (ˈtʃuːfə)
 
n
a sedge, Cyperus esculentus, of warm regions of the Old World, with nutlike edible tubers
 
[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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Chufa plots planted for turkeys are also a favorite food source for hogs.
Refuge personnel plant these areas in beneficial crops such as sunflowers, buckwheat, millet and chufa.
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