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Amounts and pieces of food

batch

noun

an amount of a food that is prepared or baked at one time

bed

noun

a layer of food on which you put other food

bite

noun

an amount of food that you bite with your teeth

bite

noun

a small piece of food prepared so that you can eat it in one bite

bowl

noun

the food in a bowl, or the amount that a bowl contains

bowlful

noun

the food in a bowl, or the amount that a bowl contains

cake

noun

a small amount of food formed into a flat round shape and cooked

can

noun

the amount of food, drink, paint etc that a metal container holds

consumption

noun

the amount that someone eats, drinks, or smokes

crumb

noun

a very small piece that falls off a dry food such as bread or cake

crumb

noun

a very small amount of food

cup

noun

the amount that a cup contains, used in the US as a unit for measuring quantities of food when you are cooking

cupful

noun

the amount of something that a cup contains

dash

noun

a small amount of a substance added to food or drink to give it a special flavour

dice

noun

small square pieces of food

dollop

noun

a large lump of a soft substance, especially food

feast

noun

a large amount of a particular food that you enjoy eating

hamper

noun

a box or basket of food and drink, sometimes given as a present at Christmas

jar

noun

the food contained in a jar, or the amount that a jar contains

morsel

noun

a small piece of food

mountain

noun

a large amount of extra food that exists because too much has been produced

mouthful

noun

an amount of food or drink that you put in your mouth at one time

nibble

noun

a small bite of something

nugget

noun

food in the shape of a small lump

pat

noun

a small flat piece of butter

plate

noun

the amount of food that a plate will hold

plateful

noun

the amount of food that a plate will hold

punnet

noun

the food contained in a punnet, or the amount that a punnet contains

ration

noun

a limited amount of something, especially food, that you are allowed to have, for example when there is not much available or when someone else is controlling it

rations

noun

amounts of food that are provided for people who do not have enough or for people such as soldiers

rind

noun

the hard outer edge of bacon or some types of cheese. You do not usually eat the rind.

round

noun

a slice of bread or other food

scraps

noun

small amounts of food that are left after a meal

seconds

noun

a second amount of the food that you have just eaten

serving

noun

an amount of food for one person

slab

noun

a large piece of food

slice

noun

a flat piece of food that has been cut from something larger

strength

noun

the amount of a substance in food, drink, medicine etc

sugar

noun

the amount of sugar that is contained in a teaspoon

taste

noun

a small amount of food or drink that you eat or drink in order to see what flavour it has

tidbit

noun

a titbit

titbit

noun

a small piece of food

topping

noun

a layer of food put on top of other food, for example on a cake, ice cream, or pizza

yoghurt

noun

the amount in a container of this food

a stick of butter/margarine

a long thin piece of butter or margarine that you buy from a shop

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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