Definition of phyllo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfēlō/
(also filo)


A kind of dough that can be stretched into thin sheets, used in layers to make pastries, especially in eastern Mediterranean cooking: [as modifier]: phyllo pastry
More example sentences
  • Before food processors and dough machines, bakers in Mediterranean palaces would shape and stretch phyllo by hand.
  • You'll need phyllo pastry, available in the freezer section of most supermarkets, whipped cream, grated white chocolate, fresh or frozen berries of your choice, icing sugar, a lemon and decorative gold dust.
  • The crispy phyllo pastry that housed the veggie pie provided perfect textural contrast to the pasty sweet potato, which was oh-so-sweetly lubricated by a juicy tomato-apple relish.


1950s: from modern Greek phullo 'leaf'.

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Syllabification: phyl·lo

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