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staff of life

n. pl. staves of life or staffs of life
A staple or necessary food, especially bread.

staff′ of life′


n.
bread, considered as the mainstay of the human diet.
[1630–40]
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Noun1.staff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then bakedstaff of life - food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked
starches - foodstuff rich in natural starch (especially potatoes, rice, bread)
flour - fine powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a cereal grain
baked goods - foods (like breads and cakes and pastries) that are cooked in an oven
anadama bread - a yeast-raised bread made of white flour and cornmeal and molasses
bap - a small loaf or roll of soft bread
barmbrack - a rich currant cake or bun
breadstick, bread-stick - a crisp stick-shaped roll; often served with soup
Boston brown bread, brown bread - dark steamed bread made of cornmeal wheat and flour with molasses and soda and milk or water
bun, roll - small rounded bread either plain or sweet
caraway seed bread - bread containing caraway seeds
challah, hallah - (Judaism) a loaf of white bread containing eggs and leavened with yeast; often formed into braided loaves and glazed with eggs before baking
cinnamon bread - bread flavored with cinnamon often containing raisins
cracked-wheat bread - bread made with cracked wheat that has been ground fine
cracker - a thin crisp wafer made of flour and water with or without leavening and shortening; unsweetened or semisweet
crouton - a small piece of toasted or fried bread; served in soup or salads
brown bread, dark bread, whole meal bread, whole wheat bread - bread made with whole wheat flour
English muffin - round, raised muffin cooked on a griddle; usually split and toasted before being eaten
flatbread - any of various breads made from usually unleavened dough
garlic bread - French or Italian bread sliced and spread with garlic butter then crisped in the oven
gluten bread - bread made with gluten flour
Host - a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion
loaf, loaf of bread - a shaped mass of baked bread that is usually sliced before eating
matzah, matzo, matzoh, unleavened bread - brittle flat bread eaten at Passover
naan, nan - leavened bread baked in a clay oven in India; usually shaped like a teardrop
onion bread - bread containing finely minced onions
raisin bread - bread containing raisins
quick bread - breads made with a leavening agent that permits immediate baking
rye bread - any of various breads made entirely or partly with rye flour
salt-rising bread - white wheat bread raised by a salt-tolerant bacterium in a mixture of salt and either cornmeal or potato pulp
simnel - a crisp bread of fine white flour
sour bread, sourdough bread - made with a starter of a small amount of dough in which fermentation is active
toast - slices of bread that have been toasted
wafer - thin disk of unleavened bread used in a religious service (especially in the celebration of the Eucharist)
light bread, white bread - bread made with finely ground and usually bleached wheat flour
sandwich - two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
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The bread and wine, the staves of life, and the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the life of the world ["God has given to us eternal life, and this life is His Son" (1 John, 5:11)], are the symbolic poles of Eucharistic transformation.