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[fee-loh] /ˈfi loʊ/
noun, Greek and Middle Eastern Cookery.
flaky, tissue-thin layers of pastry used in baked desserts and appetizers.
Also, filo.
Origin of phyllo
1945-50; < Modern Greek phýllo(n) literally, leaf; see phyllo-


a combining form meaning “leaf,” used in the formation of compound words:
Also, phyll-, -phyll.
< Greek, combining form of phýllon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for phyllo
  • 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.
  • Brush the phyllo sheet with butter and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.
  • Spanakopita is a flawless layering of good feta cheese, firm spinach and leeks, with crackling-fresh leaves of phyllo dough.
  • And the salty little rolls of phyllo-wrapped feta cheese are crunchy and delicious enough to disappear in two bites.
  • The chaste option is a large phyllo basket filled with fresh fruit.
  • Remove phyllo dough sheets from package and cover with a damp clean towel.
  • In contrast, certain berries maybe an unexpected dietary source of phyllo-quinone given their seasonal consumption.
British Dictionary definitions for phyllo


a variant of filo
Word Origin
C20: from Greek: leaf


combining form
leaf: phyllopod
Word Origin
from Greek phullon leaf
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Word Origin and History for phyllo


before vowels phyll-, word-forming element meaning "leaf," from Greek phyllo-, comb. form of phyllon "leaf" (see folio).

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