phyllo

[fee-loh]
noun Greek and Middle Eastern Cookery.
flaky, tissue-thin layers of pastry used in baked desserts and appetizers.
Also, filo.


Origin:
1945–50; < Modern Greek phýllo(n) literally, leaf; see phyllo-

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phyllo-

a combining form meaning “leaf,” used in the formation of compound words: phyllopod.
Also, phyll-, -phyll.


Origin:
< Greek, combining form of phýllon

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phyllo (ˈfɪləʊ)
 
n
a variant of filo
 
[C20: from Greek: leaf]

phyllo- or (before a vowel) phyll-
 
combining form
leaf: phyllopod
 
[from Greek phullon leaf]
 
phyll- or (before a vowel) phyll-
 
combining form
 
[from Greek phullon leaf]

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Example sentences
Cover stack of phyllo sheets with plastic wrap and a damp kitchen towel.
Unroll phyllo and cover stack with plastic wrap and a dampened kitchen towel.
Keep phyllo dough sheets covered with a damp towel as you work.
Small phyllo bites of warm, savory caramelized flavors serve as an
  accompaniment for this starter.
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