Chufa meaning

cho͝o'fə
A sedge (Cyperus esculentus) sometimes cultivated for its edible nutlike tubers, and often occurring as a weed.
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Cyperus esculentus, a species of sedge native to warm temperate to subtropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere having small edible tubers.
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Origin of chufa

  • Spanish from earlier chufa mockery, joke (probably used of the tubers because they were considered to be of little value and perhaps also influenced by trufa truffle) alteration of chufla from chuflar to whistle, ridicule from Vulgar Latin sufilāre alteration of Latin sībilāre, sīfilāre to hiss, whistle at
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Spanish, from Latin cyphi (“gallingale perfume").
    From Wiktionary