from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An Old World sedge (Cyperus esculentus var. sativus) having edible nutlike tubers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Cyperus esculentus, a species of sedge native to warm temperate to subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere having small edible tubers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sedgelike plant (Cyperus esculentus) producing edible tubers, native about the Mediterranean, now cultivated in many regions; the earth almond.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A species of sedge, Cyperus esculentus, the tuberous roots of which are used as a vegetable in the south of Europe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. European sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
From Spanish chufar, to make fun of, alteration of chuflar, to whistle, ridicule, from Vulgar Latin *sufilāre, alteration of Latin sībilāre, sīfilāre, to hiss, whistle at; see sibilant.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish, from Latin cyphi ("gallingale perfume"). (Wiktionary)