from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An annual grass (Eragrostis tef) native to northeast Africa, having very small, edible seeds and cultivated as a cereal crop and for livestock forage.
  • noun The seeds of this plant, ground to produce flour.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Amharic ṭef; see ṭḥp in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Amharic ጤፍ (ṭēff)


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word teff.


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

    Alex's Breakfast Oap-en-meal (Oatmeal) Laura 2009

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

    Archive 2009-07-01 Laura 2009

  • 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 Katy McLaughlin 2011

  • 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 2008

  • 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 2010

  • 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 1989

  • It's got whole-grain goodness from the teff which is part of its flour mix. - Articles related to Germany Suffers a Fit of Willfulness 2010

  • 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 2009

  • In fact, the word "teff" translates to "loss" in the Ethiopian language of Amarigna. Front Page 2009

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

    Flu Wiki Forum - Front Page 2009


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "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