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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

Etymologies

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)

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