Definitions

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

  • n. A pastry dough layered in very thin sheets that become flaky when baked, used especially in Greek and Middle Eastern dishes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of dough, originating in Mediterranean cuisine, that is used in thin layers to make pastries (such as baklava and apple strudel) and pies and becomes very flaky when cooked

Etymologies

Modern Greek phullon, from Greek, leaf; see phyllo-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greek φύλλο (phyllo, "leaf") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For the salmon wrapped in phyllo dough we had Flying Dog's Old Scratch.

    Long Island Beers

  • It's best to buy the phyllo from a store with a high turnover (I know, you're in Alaska).

    Filo Tips and Recipe for Greek Leek Pie – Prasopita (Πρασόπιτα)

  • He had already gone over his allotted minute and my patience was as thin as a sheet of phyllo dough.

    Recipe for Love

  • Bubbe Mary may have shown her love for us by making fantastic cheesecakes and sponge cakes and angel food cakes and killer apple strudels with hand-rolled homemade phyllo dough, as well as the Holy Chocolate Bar of Mosaic Law, but her cookies were abysmal.

    Roseanne Archy

  • Cut a 1/2-inch opening in its tip and pipe purée into the phyllo cups, filling them to the top.

    François Payard

  • Adam Golfer for The Wall Street Journal Pea purée and ricotta salata in phyllo cups Pea Purée and Ricotta Salata in Phyllo Cups This light canapé combines the sweet taste of peas with the salty notes of ricotta salata, enveloped in flaky phyllo dough.

    François Payard

  • Place another sheet of phyllo on top of the first sheet and brush it with clarified butter.

    François Payard

  • She makes her version fresh every morning, "balanced, with not too much cheese, or too much spinach," and baked until the phyllo is shatter-crisp.

    Greek Eats Go to Market

  • Or polenta, grilled on both sides, or a phyllo cup with pea purée and ricotta salata.

    François Payard

  • Keep remaining phyllo covered with a towel to prevent it from drying out.

    François Payard

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