truffle

noun truf·fle \ ˈtrə-fəl , ˈtrü- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of truffle

1 a : 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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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


TRUFFLE Defined for English Language Learners

truffle

noun

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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