staff of life
Date: 1638 a staple of diet; especially bread

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • staff of life — staff′ of life′ n. bread, considered as the mainstay of the human diet • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • staff of life — bread, considered as the mainstay of the human diet. [1630 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • staff of life — Synonyms and related words: French bread, Irish soda bread, Italian bread, black bread, bread, bread stick, bread stuff, brown bread, cracked wheat bread, crust, dark bread, garlic bread, graham bread, loaf of bread, matzo, matzoth, nut bread,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • staff of life — noun Bread, or some other staple foodstuff …   Wiktionary

  • The staff of life — Staff Staff (st[.a]f), n.; pl. {Staves} (st[=a]vz or st[aum]vz; 277) or {Staffs} (st[.a]fs) in senses 1 9, {Staffs} in senses 10, 11. [AS. st[ae]f a staff; akin to LG. & D. staf, OFries. stef, G. stab, Icel. stafr, Sw. staf, Dan. stav, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • (the) staff of life — literary a food such as bread that is eaten in large amounts by a lot of people. Bread is the staff of life, which is why we only use the finest organic flour to make ours …   New idioms dictionary

  • the staff of life — bread or another staple food. → staff …   English new terms dictionary

  • Bread is the staff of life. — См. Хлеб насущный …   Большой толково-фразеологический словарь Михельсона (оригинальная орфография)

  • Staff of Aesculapius — A rod or stick with the snake curled around it is the staff (the rod) of Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancient god of medicine. His Greek name was Asklepios and his Roman name Aesculapius. In reality, Asklepios may have been a real… …   Medical dictionary

  • Tree of life — For other uses, see Tree of life (disambiguation). An 1847 depiction of the Norse Yggdrasil as described in the Icelandic Prose Edda by Oluf Olufsen Bagge The concept of a tree of life, a many branched tree illustrating the idea that all life on… …   Wikipedia

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