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biffin

Line breaks: bif¦fin
Pronunciation: /ˈbɪfɪn
 
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Definition of biffin in English:

noun

An English cooking apple of a dark red variety.
Example sentences
  • Many fruits can only be eaten in season, but apples were dried for keeping and eating out of season. The Norfolk Biffin apple was especially good for this.
  • The garden volunteers have chosen to grow a traditional Norfolk Biffin apple, a cooking variety which used to be cooked slowly in the oven, pressed down and cooked again.
  • Biffins were enjoyed after being slow-baked between layers of straw before being pressed flatter, baked for a second time and sprinkled with sugar.

Origin

late 18th century: representing a dialect pronunciation of beefing, from beef + -ing1, with reference to the colour.

Words that rhyme with biffin

griffin, tiffin

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