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noun to·fu \ˈtō-(ˌ)fü\

Definition of tofu

  1. :  a soft food product prepared by treating soybean milk with coagulants (such as magnesium chloride or diluted acids) :  bean curd tofu is our most versatile form of nonanimal concentrated protein, as well as the least processed and the most traditional. — Mark Bittman The tofu … was sliced uniformly and stacked neatly in the bowl of clear, seafood-flavored broth. — Karen Hayes Vegetarian cooking has never been so simple. Supermarkets carry packaged convenience foods like tofu hot dogs … — Norine Dworkin

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Origin and Etymology of tofu

Japanese tōfu


First Known Use: 1771


TOFU Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tofu for English Language Learners

  • : a soft, white food made from soybeans and often used in vegetarian cooking instead of meat


TOFU Defined for Kids

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noun to·fu \ˈtō-fü\

Definition of tofu for Students

  1. :  a soft food product prepared from soybeans


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