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
    • ‘And because of their hardy nature, a plot of chufas will last for years in poor soil as well as fertilized fields.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today he has six chufa plots and credits chufas with holding more birds on his land.’
    • ‘Wild turkeys will destroy a food plot containing chufas if the grazing pressure is too high.’
    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.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘Spain's contemporary version of the ancient refreshments barley-water or almond-water is made from the tuber chufa and is called horchata.’


Mid 19th century: from Spanish.