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A sedge (Cyperus esculentus) sometimes cultivated for its edible nutlike tubers, and often occurring as a weed.

[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.]
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(Plants) a sedge, Cyperus esculentus, of warm regions of the Old World, with nutlike edible tubers
[C19: from Old Spanish: a morsel, joke, from chufar to joke, from chuflar to deride, ultimately from Latin sībilāre to whistle]
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Noun1.chufa - European sedge having small edible nutlike tuberschufa - European sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
sedge - grasslike or rushlike plant growing in wet places having solid stems, narrow grasslike leaves and spikelets of inconspicuous flowers
Cyperus, genus Cyperus - type genus of Cyperaceae; grasslike rhizomatous herbs; cosmopolitan except very cold regions
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Helado de horchata de chufas, ice cream made from horchata.