Definition of teff in US English:



  • An African cereal which is cultivated almost exclusively in Ethiopia, used mainly to make flour.

    Eragrostis tef, family Gramineae

    • ‘Corn, rice, wheat, quinoa, teff, and other grains provide steady energy and filling fiber.’
    • ‘For tiny grains like teff and amaranth, use a very fine mesh strainer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chief staple crops include a variety of grains, such as teff, wheat, barley, corn, sorghum, and millet; coffee; pulses; and oilseed.’
    • ‘In the mid-range altitudes the farmer can grow millet and teff, another variety of wheat.’


Late 18th century: from Amharic ṭêf.