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truffle

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noun truf·fle \ˈtrə-fəl, ˈtrü-\

Simple Definition of truffle

  • : a type of fungus that grows under the ground and that is used in cooking

  • : a kind of chocolate candy with a soft center

Full Definition of truffle

  1. 1a :  the dark or light edible subterranean fruiting body of several European ascomycetous fungi (especially genus Tuber); also :  any of various similar fruiting bodies of related fungib :  a fungus that produces truffles

  2. 2 :  a candy made of chocolate, butter, sugar, and sometimes liqueur shaped into balls and often coated with cocoa

Origin of truffle

modification of Middle French truffe, from Old Occitan trufa, from Vulgar Latin *tufera; akin to Latin tuber swelling, truffle — more at tuber


First Known Use: 1591

Rhymes with truffle



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