1. An annual grass (Eragrostis tef) native to northeast Africa, having very small, edible seeds and cultivated as a cereal crop and for livestock forage.
2. The seeds of this plant, ground to produce flour.
[Amharic ṭef; see ṭḥp in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
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