Definition of truffle
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 : a candy made of chocolate, butter, sugar, and sometimes liqueur shaped into balls and often coated with cocoa
Recent Examples of truffle from the Web
Some varieties are traditional Roman classics, like the top-selling Truffle Porcini variety, made with mushrooms and truffle pate.
There’s also vegan gnudi made from cashew cheese with wild mushrooms in sweet pea and truffle emulsion and chargrilled octopus with potato and cauliflower mash.
There’s no recipe that has truffle oil or crème fraiche or caviar.
An iftar may be as elaborate as the truffle-laden platters on display in the dining room at the Four Seasons Resort in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, or as simple as chicken and rice, passed out free on paper plates at a mosque.
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Origin and Etymology 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
TRUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of truffle for English Language Learners
: a type of fungus that grows under the ground and that is used in cooking
: a kind of chocolate candy with a soft center
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