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[food-stuhf] /ˈfudˌstʌf/
a substance used or capable of being used as nutriment.
Origin of foodstuff
1870-75; food + stuff Unabridged
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Examples from the web for foodstuffs
  • The price of beef, and other foodstuffs, will likely rise.
  • We don't have the luxury of carrying heavy foodstuffs underground and freeze dried food is notoriously lacking in calories.
  • The researchers tracked country-by-country yields of these common foodstuffs over nearly three decades.
  • As soon as plant scientists began tinkering with foodstuffs, controversy raged.
  • The government already highly regulates foodstuffs and the content of school lunches.
  • But the world's rawest conflicts can include disagreements over common foodstuffs.
  • The subsistence sector continues to supply adequate foodstuffs, although malnutrition is widespread.
  • And this superiority had everything to gain from cheaper raw materials and foodstuffs.
  • The morning's harvest was immediately sold to the large hotels where all fine foodstuffs found a ready market.
  • Most of the loans were for financing railroads to bring minerals and foodstuffs to export terminals.
British Dictionary definitions for foodstuffs


any material, substance, etc, that can be used as food
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Word Origin and History for foodstuffs



1870, from food + stuff (n.). Related: Foodstuffs.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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