truffle

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noun truf·fle \ˈtrə-fəl, ˈtrü-\

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 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

truffle

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noun truf·fle \ˈtrə-fəl, ˈtrü-\

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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