foodstuff

[food-stuhf]
noun
a substance used or capable of being used as nutriment.

Origin:
1870–75; food + stuff

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foodstuff (ˈfuːdˌstʌf)
 
n
any material, substance, etc, that can be used as food

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foodstuff
1872, from food + stuff. Related: Foodstuffs.
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Example sentences
Vinegar is one tough foodstuff, the rubber tree of the food world.
Many algae make oil, which they store as a foodstuff against an uncertain
  future.
Increasingly, polar bears are beginning to rely on the eggs of snow geese as a
  major foodstuff.
To protagonists, it is simply the finest foodstuff that exists.
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