truf·fle | \ˈtrə-fəl, ˈtrü-\

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 fungi

b : a fungus that produces truffles

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

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Chocolate-cherry-truffle richness meets tongue tingling fizz and earthy smoke. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Come Over to the Dark (Beer) Side," 23 Mar. 2018 Blackbird’s Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer prepares dishes like strip loin with chestnut mole, cabbage, and truffle oil, also crispy Brussels sprouts accented with apple cider, Fresno chile, orange, and Parmesan. Choose Chicago, Bon Appetit, "Chicago Restaurant Week 2018," 19 Mar. 2018 And finally, Ramsay might break some hearts with this one: truffle oil. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Gordon Ramsay Is So Beyond Done With These 3 Popular Food Trends," 29 Jan. 2018 For the Snow White, chunks of raw baby amberjack piled over disks of cucumbers are married to a clear, sharply acidic liquid with a whisper of truffle oil, an ingredient that too often overwhelms but here adds a judicious counterbalance. Todd A. Price,, "Luvi's chef tells a deliciously beautiful story: First look review," 22 May 2018 Di Raimondo’s Italian Market & Cheese Shop: Paso is getting slicker, but this throwback remains a go-to for finds like its Moliterno al Tartufo (raw sheep’s milk cheese with truffles). Matt Jaffe, Los Angeles Magazine, "Drinking Up the Local Flavor (and Wine) in Paso Robles," 30 Apr. 2018 And diners walked away with truffles for the road, too. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Five-course foodie dinner at Royal Sonesta raises funds for Fifth Ward Youth Development Center," 3 Apr. 2018 Choices include chestnut soup with black truffle; grilled prawn with farro; young chicken with foie gras and Ōra king salmon. Julie Giuffrida,, "Where to eat out for Valentine's Day dinner," 5 Feb. 2018 Bring the girls to the cheese shop, sip bubbles, indulge in soft cheese, finish with truffles. Polly Campbell,, "Valentine's Day specials planned at local restaurants; find a deal in the Cincinnati area," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of truffle

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for truffle

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

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English Language Learners 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

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