Definitions

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

  • n. A love grass (Eragrostis tef) native to northeastern Africa and southwestern Arabia, used as a cereal crop and livestock forage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A love grass, Eragrostis tef, with small seeds, grown as a cereal and for forage in Ethiopia and parts of Arabia
  • n. The fine grain of this plant

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An annual cereal grass, Poa Abyssinica, the most important food-plant of Abyssinia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an African grass economically important as a cereal grass (yielding white flour of good quality) as well as for forage and hay

Etymologies

Amharic ṭef; see ṭḥp in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Amharic ጤፍ (ṭēff) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • * steel cut oats (which I had never tried before and which were delightfully chewy) * whole grain teff seeds

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Bags of alternative flours, including an African grain called teff, sat on the kitchen counter next to a standing mixer.

    It's All About Hitting the Sweet Spot

  • Similarly, teff, which is the staple food for a significant proportion of Ethiopians and which has a low water demand, is presently grown under irrigation, but because of its low productivity and high labor demand it may be replaced by another crop.

    Water profile of Ethiopia

  • The spicy chili paste berbera belongs to their gastronomic palette along with injera, a light, sour-tasting and thin bread made from a grain called teff that is similar to millet.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Ethiopians (notably those living outside their native land) have found that triticale flour can be substituted for at least 50 percent of other traditional flours such as teff and buckwheat, used in making the national food, enjera.

    6 Food and Feed Uses

  • It's got whole-grain goodness from the teff which is part of its flour mix.

    WN.com - Articles related to Germany Suffers a Fit of Willfulness

  • The average family cannot afford the most popular staple grains, such as teff, which retails at $8 per kg in Asmara, and is used to make injera, a pancake that is the mainstay of an Eritrean meal.

    AllAfrica News: Latest

  • In fact, the word "teff" translates to "loss" in the Ethiopian language of Amarigna.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • ... cultivation had shifted to maize from more traditional crops, such as teff, barley, and sorghum.

    Flu Wiki Forum - Front Page

  • About 1 cup assorted whole grain flours -- I used 75% oat flour and 25% teff flour

    Archive 2009-09-01

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  • "Perhaps what decided them was the sight of one of the volunteer ladies wobbling through the mud with the invalids' food piled up in plastic boxes in two clean pails. In each box could be seen voluptuous folds of good injera made with pure teff, and out of the folds bulged thick yellow shiro."
    - 'Resetlement, Ethiopia, 1985', Germaine Greer in The Madwoman's Underclothes.

    September 1, 2008