There are 2 definitions of chaff in English:

chaff1

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Pronunciation: /tʃɑːf
 
, tʃaf
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The husks of corn or other seed separated by winnowing or threshing.
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    • Spikes were threshed and florets (hereafter called seeds) separated from chaff by sieving and forced-air separation.
    • The chaff is winnowed out by the activities of millions of independent actions.
    • Then the chaff - the husks and debris - was ‘winnowed’ or blown off the heavier grain with the aid of the wind or with fans.
    Synonyms
    husks, hulls, bran, pods, seed cases, shells, capsules, sheaths; North American shucks
  • 1.1Chopped hay and straw used as fodder.
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    • They each get through six buckets of chaff, hay, bran and molasses a day, plus all the mints, carrots and apples they are given by grateful landlords and landladies on their delivery round.
    • He always had bran, pollard, hay and chaff on hand and would pay the highest prices for dairy produce.
    • I think the real danger if you take them off a balancer or trace element supplement and just feed them chaff or local stuff then they can become short of breath.
  • 3Strips of metal foil released in the air to obstruct radar detection.
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    • The countermeasures system includes a pilot illumination radar warning receiver, chaff and infrared decoy dispensers, and an active multi-mode jammer located in the wingtip pods.
    • For operational roles, the aircraft is fitted with a radar warning receiver, chaff and flares dispensers, and active electronic countermeasures.
    • DAG will include missile warning system, radar warning receiver, towed radar decoy and chaff and flare dispensers.

Phrases

separate (or sort) the wheat from the chaff

Distinguish valuable people or things from worthless ones.
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  • Certainly a ringtone reduces pop songs down to their barest essentials and in doing so sorts the wheat from the chaff.
  • The betting market promises to be the best guide to sorting the wheat from the chaff in the first two-year-old race of the season, the Ballyhane Stud Brocklesby Stakes.
  • The problem comes in sorting the wheat from the chaff, and you or I can only try to assess the performance of our local authority planning department.

Origin

Old English cæf, ceaf, probably from a Germanic base meaning 'gnaw'; related to Dutch kaf, also to chafer.

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There are 2 definitions of chaff in English:

chaff2

Line breaks: chaff
Pronunciation: /tʃɑːf
 
, tʃaf
 
/

noun

[mass noun]

verb

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Origin

early 19th century: perhaps from chafe.

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