Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thick, doughlike West African food made by boiling and pounding a starchy vegetable such as yam, plantain, or cassava.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of foo-foo.

Etymologies

Of West African origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The grandmother says that maybe the girl is skinny because she does not get the right foods, because she eats mostly a paste made from cassava that is called fufu.

    Between Expectations

  • A YouTube commenter they're all so civilized in this thread! correctly points out that the dish is a direct descendant of West African 'fufu', which in Cuba is sometimes called fufu de pl├ítano.

    Boing Boing

  • Link delicious stuff. known as fufu (accent on the second u) in Cuba and mangu (accent on the u) in Dominican Republic.

    Recipe of the Day: Mofongo - Bitten Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The west African version of ugali is fufu, which is similar in that it is a starchy mush.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Bitter yam is used as a vegetable, but not pounded into 'fufu'.

    Chapter 37

  • Although it is the preferred yam in many parts of the tropics, especially by those accustomed to European dietary habits, it is less highly regarded in West Africa, because it is not suitable for the preparation of 'fufu'.

    Chapter 37

  • In West Africa a major proportion of the yam crop is eaten as 'fufu', a stiff, glutinous dough.

    Chapter 37

  • Both types are eaten boiled, mashed, fried, etc. In Africa D. rotundata types are used in large quantities for the preparation of 'fufu'.

    Chapter 37

  • They are often boiled and pounded into a paste and added to soups and stews ( 'fufu' in Nigeria).

    Chapter 11

  • In West Africa, the tubers are sometimes ground to produce 'fufu', for use in stews and soups.

    Chapter 31

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