Chufa Definition

A sedge (Cyperus esculentus) sometimes cultivated for its edible nutlike tubers, and often occurring as a weed.
American Heritage
  • Cyperus esculentus
  • rush nut
  • ground almond
  • earth almond
  • yellow nutgrass

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

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