Definition of chufa in English:



  • 1An Old World sedge which yields an edible tuber, cultivated in some marshy regions of Spain and Italy.

    Cyperus esculentus variety sativus, family Cyperaceae

    Also called tiger nut
    • ‘Wild turkeys will destroy a food plot containing chufas if the grazing pressure is too high.’
    • ‘Today he has six chufa plots and credits chufas with holding more birds on his land.’
    • ‘The entire 350-acre farm, where the elder Wilkerson grew peanuts, corn and soybeans, and his sons now grow chufa, a specialty wildlife seed crop, will be the preserve.’
    • ‘And because of their hardy nature, a plot of chufas will last for years in poor soil as well as fertilized fields.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The tuber of the chufa plant, which may be roasted or made into flour or juice.
      • ‘Now put the chufas in a blender until they turn into a soft paste.’
      • ‘Spain's contemporary version of the ancient refreshments barley-water or almond-water is made from the tuber chufa and is called horchata.’
      • ‘You should be able to dig under the dead tops and find some chufas on the roots if they produced.’
      • ‘Archaeologists have even found vases of chufas in the tombs of Pharaohs.’
      • ‘Horchata de chufas is a traditional drink based on the juice obtained from mashed chufas (tiger nuts).’


Mid 19th century: from Spanish.