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staple

3 adjective
     
staple3 [only before noun]
1 forming the greatest or most important part of something:
Oil is Nigeria's staple export.
a staple ingredient of comedy
2

staple diet

a) DF the food that you normally eat
staple diet of
They live on a staple diet of rice and vegetables.
b) something that is always being produced, seen, bought etc
staple diet of
television's staple diet of soap operas and quiz shows
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