One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African cereal which is cultivated almost exclusively in Ethiopia, used mainly to make flour.
Eragrostis tef, family Gramineae
- ‘In the mid-range altitudes the farmer can grow millet and teff, another variety of wheat.’
- ‘For tiny grains like teff and amaranth, use a very fine mesh strainer.’
- ‘The chief staple crops include a variety of grains, such as teff, wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, and millet; coffee; pulses; and oilseed.’
- ‘Corn, rice, wheat, quinoa, teff, and other grains provide steady energy and filling fiber.’
- ‘It takes only one application to the seed of monocotyledonous crops such as wheat, rice, maize, teff, and sorghum to increase overall basic food production in any country where it is needed,’ he explains.’
Late 18th century: from Amharic ṭêf.
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